Rudrapur: The Uttarakhand tax department has collected a staggering R 2,648.1 crores in sales tax/VAT on liquor in 22 years starting from the fiscal year 2001-02 to 2022-23, as per recent da- ta obtained by Right to Information (RTI) activist Nadeem Uddin, a resident of Kashipur in Udham Singh Na- gar district. This tax revenue was generated solely from the sale of liquor in the state
The data reveals a continuous in- crease in tax revenue collected on liquor in the state. The information was provided by the public information officer Deepak Brinjal, who is posted as the deputy commissioner at state tax headquarters in Dehradun, in response to a request made by Nadeem for information on the amount of tax revenue collected on liquor across the state.
The data indicates that the tax revenue from liquor sales in the state has consistently been on an upward trend, with fiscal year 2022-23 recording the highest revenue collection to date.
Nadeem, an advocate by profession, said, “The tax revenue collected from liquor sales in the year 2022-23 was R 361.05 crores, which is approximately 22 times more than R 15.90 crores col- elected in 2001-02. Also, the tax revenue for the fiscal year 2020-21 was R 39 crores higher than the previous year, despite challenges posed by the Co- vid-19 pandemic. In addition, the tax revenue for 2021-22 was R 334.43 crores, and in the first 10 months of 2022-23, R 15 crores more tax was collected than in the entire previous E year.”