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Can States rely on betting to fill coffers?

In these Covid-19 times, the Government of India and the State governments are looking at avenues to spur their incomes to support the state administration, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and lockdowns. The opening of liquor stores in States with a higher rate of tax, which went up to 70 per cent, did not stop tipplers from lining up in serpentine cues. Subsequently, realising that controlled distribution through physical premises was not the solution, leading e-commerce operators having been given permission to home deliver liquor in some States. This also leads to the question, why have we ...

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