Bringing much cheer to those fond of imported liquor, the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh has reduced its rates. Now on, residents of Uttar Pradesh can get imported liquor at prices which are at par with those in Delhi.
Earlier, there was a difference of Rs 100 to Rs 400 in the rates of popular imported brands in UP and in the national capital, even though the two states had a similar duty structure. By turning the heat on the liquor lobby in the state, the Yogi government was able to scale down the prices by 15%.
According to sources, the UP government has taken a hard-nosed decision as those who were habituated to imported liquor would procure their supplies in bulk from liquor vends on the Delhi border, thus causing a revenue loss to the state. Now, that question does not arise. With the smuggling of imported liquor from Delhi coming to a halt, both tipplers and the UP government are happy.