“Based on past experience, it is to point out that in case genuine liquor is not made available to the consumers during lockdown period, they may resort to illegal and informal channels which will be harmful to their health and safety,” Excise Principal Secretary SK Lohani stated in the letter.
Considering the huge demand for liquor, the Government had permitted home delivery of liquor by food aggregators/delivery service providers/technology platforms as well as by liquor licensees themselves last year, he added.
In order to maintain the supply chain, all the Beverage Corporation godowns also need to remain operational with all the COVID related protocols. In addition, vehicles belonging to authorised agencies carrying genuine duty paid liquor be allowed free movement during the lockdown period, he mentioned.
In his letter, Lohani said that the following is proposed to be permitted during lockdown period:
- Home delivery of liquor (IMFL/Beer) by duly authorised food aggregators/technology platforms/delivery service providers as well as by IMFL Off/ON shop licensees following the extant guidelines of Excise Department dated May 23, 2020.
- Home delivery of liquor (CL/OS) by CL/OS licensees following the extant guidelines of Excise Department dates June 29, 2020.
- Operation of all the godowns of Beverage Corporation for wholesale trade between 6.00 AM and 2.00 PM.
- Free movement of vehicles belonging to authorised agencies carrying genuine duty paid liquor.
“Submitted for kind consider please,” he concluded.
The Odisha Government has imposed a state-wide lockdown from May 5 to 19 to contain the possible spread of Covid-19.
People have been allowed to purchase essential items within a 500-metre radius of their residences between 6 am and 12 pm during the lockdown period.