The Lt Governor has issued an order withdrawing the special excise duty that had raised the prices of brands on a par with the rates prevailing in neighbouring Tamil Nadu during the peak of the pandemic last year.
A release from the Lt Governor’s Office said, the validity of special excise duty had come to a close on April 7.
The special excise duty was imposed on select liquor brands when lockdown restrictions were withdrawn last year. The government had imposed 25% to 100% on these brands of liquor in the UT to dissuade tipplers from other States to throng Puducherry as a means to prevent spread of coronavirus.
The price of around 150 brands of rum, liquor, and whiskey were brought on a par with the rate prevailing in Tamil Nadu. With the withdrawal of special excise duty, the prices of these brands will revert to the pre-lockdown rate regime.
The bars and liquor outlets have been advised to follow COVID-19 norms. The Excise Department has been directed to monitor the functioning of liquor outlets and bars to ensure COVID-19 norms are followed.