Porvorim: CM Pramod Sawant reduced the excise duty on high-end liquor, a demand that was put forth by the tourism and liquor industry.

The state was losing out on revenue as premium liquor in Goa costs more than in some of the northern states.

However, the duty on lower brands of alcohol has been marginally hiked. Taking forward its policy to promote feni as a heritage drink, Sawant said he has written to the embassies of some foreign countries with a request to promote and import Goa’s heritage brew.

Similarly, the Goa government has sent requests to other states to recognise feni as country liquor in their regions. With this, excise levy on feni will be on par with country liquor, while the government will not levy duty on IMFL, said Sawant

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