The UP cabinet has cleared a special fee on the sale of beer and foreign liquors in the state and the revenue thus collected from them will, in turn, go into setting up and management of cow shelters.
Consumption of alcohol foreign liquor in hotels and restaurants will charge Rs 10 per bottle whereas Rs 5 will be charged on beer bottles. A special fee ranging from Rs 1 to Rs 3 will be charged on the bottling of beer and foreign liquor bottles except for the economy brands. Another fee of 50 p to Rs 2 will be charged on the import permit fee for the beer and foreign liquor manufacture in UP.
These additional fees will contribute about 165 crores annually for cow protection in the state as per the current sale.
A similar step was taken in Rajasthan where the government had imposed a 20 per cent cess, in addition to a 20 per cent surcharge on stamp duty on the same for liquor sold in the state for cow protection.