Tax arrears of bar owners touch Rs 127.79 cr, Bevco needs to pay Rs 293.51 cr

VS Siju

Kochi: A reply to a RTI plea revealed that bar owners and the Beverages Corporation in the state have to settle a whopping amount as tax arrears. Bar owners in all districts except Kasaragod need to pay Rs 127.79 cr. Meanwhile, Rs 293. 51 cr was marked as Bevco’s tax arrears under the sale of liquor.

MK Haridas, president of an organisation named ‘Proper Channel’ filed the RTI plea seeking details of the tax arrears.

The RTI reply shows the records from April 2016 to January 2022. Out of the Rs 127.79 cr tax arrears of bar owners, Kollam district topped the list with the highest amount of Rs 53.13 cr. Ernakulam district is placed second in the list with tax arrears of Rs 18.71 cr. Meanwhile, compared to other districts, bar owners in Wayanad have to pay the lowest amount of Rs 27.35 lakh.

The RTI reply has asserted that there are no hurdles other than some legal formalities to collect tax arrears.

Reply received as 125 letters

MK Haridas received the reply to his RTI plea as 125 letters. His petition was forwarded from one office to another as part of the procedures.

District-wise tax arrears of bar owners

  • Thiruvananthapuram – Rs 2.03 cr

  • Kollam –Rs 53.13 cr

  • Pathanamthitta – Rs 1.03 cr

  • Idukki – Rs 2.49 cr

  • Kottayam – Rs 1.64 cr

  • Alappuzha – Rs 16.36 cr

  • Ernakulam – Rs 18.71 cr

  • Thrissur – Rs 11.31 cr

  • Palakkad – Rs 3.01 cr

  • Malappuram – Rs 4.00 cr

  • Kozhikode – Rs 6.68 cr

  • Kannur – Rs 5.01 cr

  • Wayanad – Rs 27 lakh

  • (Kasaragod district has not given reply to the RTI query. An appeal has been moved)

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