Alcohol may become costlier in Indian states considering farm loan waivers: Report
- The Indian states granting farm loan waivers amid an ongoing rural distress in the country may reportedly hike liquor taxes.
- Liquor taxes are one of the top three revenue sources of the state governments in India who will be looking to make up for the shortfall in revenue.
- Any rise in tax will eventually be passed onto consumers.
Loan waivers to farmers have recently dominated agendas for political parties as they gear up for the upcoming general elections this year. Agrarian distress may play a huge factor in deciding rural votes.
Liquor taxes are among the top revenue sources of state governments who will be looking to make up for the shortfall in revenue.
However, the move will mean that the burden of the extra tax levy will likely be passed onto consumers, said the report. Alcohol is already among the highest taxed in the country as it does not fall under the national Goods and Services Tax
However, that could change as Indian Prime Minister
Recently, India’s main opposition party, the Indian National
The Maharashtra government has already announced a hike in the tax on home-made liquor by 20%, reported the Times of India.
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