Bengaluru: Government to increase liquor sale to meet revenue deficit

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Aug 8: The state government which is facing a financial crisis due to coronavirus situation, has planned to wriggle itself out of the tight spot by opening new liquor outlets of Mysore Sales International Ltd (MSIL) in rural places.

For selling liquor through MSIL, the government had decided to open 463 outlets in 2011 and 900 in 2016. Before March 31, it had opened 759 such outlets. Sources said that MSIL has been instructed to open 513 outlets before the end of December this year.


As lockdown was announced before the current financial year commenced, the state government has suffered huge revenue loss. As businesses and industries have suffered losses, the government wants to augment its revenue through other means to come out of the current situation. It has been decided to open liquor outlets especially in rural areas where demand for liquor is high.

In the past, obtaining the opinion of the local MLAs and people's representatives before opening liquor outlets was compulsory. Some legislators, in the light of opposition from locals, were refusing permission to open liquor shops. Therefore, this rule was modified at the excise department meeting held in March this year.

However, the Liquor Dealers Association has opposed the decision to open more shops. They have approached the court against the move. The high court has asked them to approach the excise commissioner, and on the basis of this, the association has approached excise commissioner urging him not to open new shops. But so far they have not received any response, it is learnt.

Online sale

The state government, which is in favour of the online sale of liquor, already held a meeting with a private company on this proposal on May 27. The issue has also been discussed in the excise department. After holding deliberations, the government is likely to issue an order shortly on this matter, it is learnt.


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  • Anandkumar, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Do not drink and drive. Drink and die. What a shame that when there is no money, they have to turn to the drunkards to rescue this goberment! Corona is bringing out the true color. All the moral posturing was fake like everything else of the goberment.

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  • Mohan Prabhum, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Cleverploy. Getting people drunk so they can forget Covid or government stupidity.

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    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    ..But wont allow Ayurvedic medicine for corona..its very dangerous than Liquor..

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Useless government and senseless survival schemes at the cost of public health destruction and other family oriented problems due to increasing disharmony in the family.
    Instead of tightening the grip our government is encouraging liquor consumption by supplying bottles more that demand just to earn revenue.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Wrong decision from Government. Why politicians think everyone has enough money?

    People lost jobs, Unemployment increase, tax payers money not utilized proper, wrong implementation of demonetization, GST and no proper of Lock down etc.

    Please work efficiently and wisely. If you do we can reduce liquor shops and generate income from other sources.

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  • Paul, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Reduce liquor rates .
    All will be fine. Start Fenny like what they had before
    Kappu Fenny & Panchami

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Kindly stop them from opening Wine Shops near Schools, Colleges & Places of Worship ...

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    ಕಜೂ ಚೊ ಸೊರೋ..
    ಜೀವಕ್ ಬೊರೋ.....
    ಚಡ್ ಪಿಲ್ಲರೀ...
    ಮೊರುಂಕ್ ಪೂರೋ...

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Reduce the prices.
    Make the sale more attractive with free gifts, buy two get the third one at 50% etc. etc.
    Just incresing the number of outlets will not work. You should attract the customers ..both existing and new ones!

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  • Avinash Shenoy, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    We need strict rules in liquor sale like what Kerala govt has imposed. One person cannot carry more than 3 litres of liquor. Also no roadside wine shops every 50m like you have here.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    What a way to meet revenue deficit and functioning of the Government? When liquor is allowed then beef should be allowed in the state.
    Sale of liquor is ruining the state do we need drunkards in the state. You can improve tourism in the state especially the coastal region of the state, tourism is not great in this region. If the Government needs the support of drunkards to support the Govt. we can see the inefficiency in the State Govt.

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  • Ashwin, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    When everything going on smoothly, these guys are drunkards, problem creators, anti social elements and nuisance to society.

    When the government and economy is in deep shit, the same people are saviors.!!!

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    The way in which government born and administer in the same way.This unethical government should go before ruining people.they have no ethics courtesy and morality in administration.

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  • Ranjan, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    The father of our nation M K GANDHI might be crying in heaven seeing all this.

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  • Patrick, Vasai

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Instead government should give tap connections to each homes like gas connections to genrate income and it is also comfortable to the consumers.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Gandhi ji is weeping when BJP is smiling

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 9 2020

    Enjoyed wine and liquor in South Africa!

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Udupi/India

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    An idea of government's decision to increase liquor sale to meet revenue deficit is utter stupidity and ridiculous.Because already many poor and middle class families facing lots of tortures,harassment,beating,abusing from the drunkard bread winner,husbands daily.Although few times back many women folks stepped into the street and protested against the atrocities,tortures from their respective drunkard bread winner,husbands on daily basis and submitted their memorandum to the government to ban the liquor sale.But government is playing other way around instead of banning liquor sale in the best interest of poor and middle class families housewives,now it is planning to open more and more liquor outlets to increase the government's revenue.Utter foolishness by the government.Government can go to any extent to generate revenue at the cost of poor and middle class families.I am asking one question with government,increase the sale of liquor to generate is the only way,no other ways.Why can't MLAs,MP,ministers,respective authorities to contribute one crore each in order to compensate the loss due to corona and allow the poor and middle class families to rest.Shame on you.Because of the Corona not only government everybody has lost their livelihood.Some people have closed their business,many people lost their jobs,many are on the verge of committing suicide and all are under terrible worries and tensions.Future is bleak for them.Under this situation government is contemplating to increase the sale of liquor in all the nook and corner including rural areas.People's life is not important for the government and their main criteria to generate revenue. Already in the name of Covid-19 government is butchering the poor and middle class people.Corona is just a name and looting money from the general public in the name of corona is government's business.Shameless government.This is a well organized,planned racket,conspiracy and fraud.

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  • Felix Pinto, Koteshwara

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    It is so exhilarating to note that revenue income from liquor sales has fallen drastically despite the huge hike in excise duty, which means people have substantially cut down on consumption. If the government thinks that increasing number of sales outlets is the solution, they are mistaken. It will only distribute the same number to more sellers. Put on your thinking hat and think smart.

    Arrange free pegs once in a way to ignite passion.
    Implement promotional strategies such as discounts, volume based pricing, coupons to be redeemed in exchange of liquor bottles, raffles with attractive prizes, etc.
    Free snacks, starters, with every purchase

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    What are the real intentions of Karnataka government ?? Do they desire that every man, woman n child should take up the evil habit of drinking alcohol ??? Is there no other avenues left to increase state revenue. Can they not increase productivity by inviting entrepreneurs to set up industries ?? Why cant the state increase exports, whereby additional taxes can be generated in the state treasuries !!!!

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  • Edward Pinto, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Next move is to keep the wine shops open 24 x 7 to generate revenue and slogan is ''Drink Drink and Sink'' . Government has to work like a private business organisation to generate its own fund but depends on public money. What a great idea.

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  • Vn, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Increasing liquor shops to generate more revenue at the cost of unhappiness, misery and fights in families. There are many who forget family responsibilities as bread winner of the family and work only to fulfil their alcoholic desires. Government is ready for anything just with aim of revenue even though it’s not good.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Deficit sales because of price rise from Government. First of all no business, no jobs from where people will get money to buy liquor.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Every seven days make one week
    Seven days without liquor make one weak.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Is the new NEP 'Not What To Think But How To Think' after couple of pegs. In our society this has long term and lasting bad effect on household finances, health, family and burden to health care. Govt should work out some people friendly investment opportunities like Take Away eateries, Online Games, Cable movies, controlled Gyms, farming and other occupational careers where no more than 2 to do the job etc. This will benefit both govt and people and govt can get revenue by way of taxes. Let liquor be in its place without depending totally on it.

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Anything govt will do to increase tax revenue to meet budget deficit.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Increase liquor shops to decrease COVID 19. Then govt. Will give everyday statistics, of. people died due to liquor. Also govt. Will. Claim that COVID death rate is less than drunkered death case.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    We never asked them to Ban Liquor ...

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