Kerala government expects to raise Rs 2.30 bn as additional revenue.
Even as Kerala grapples with its worst floods in nearly a century, Finance Minister Thomas Issac on Thursday announced a hike in excise duty on liquor to raise additional funds for relief and rehabilitation of the affected.
As additional resource mobilisation to the Chief Ministers Disaster Relief Management Fund, the excise duty on liquor increased by 0.5 to 3.5 per cent for 100 days. Rs 2.30 bn expected as additional revenue,
The death toll due to floods has risen to 114, with more than one lakh persons living in relief camps across the state.
The Kerala government has estimated a loss of Rs 80 bn due to floods in the wake of heavy rains across the state.