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Odisha government is mulling on allowing home-delivery of alcohol

Bhubaneswar:21/5/20: The Odisha government is mulling on allowing home-delivery of alcohol, reports said.As per reports, the state government is contemplating home delivery of alcohol and a final decision is expected to be out next week.The Excise department last week had written to district collectors to ask distilleries/breweries to resume production which was amply clear that liquor shops are going to up their shutters soon. However, counter sale of alcoholic beverages will be a challenging task as far as maintaining social distance is concerned.

 

In lockdown 4.0, the state government has permitted opening of stand-alone shops and take away restaurants in the wake of COVID19 pandemic. It is feared that people might not adhere to social distancing norms while buying alcohol from counters thereby increasing the risk of transmission.

In places like Delhi and Bangalore, people were seen queuing up outside liquor shops since early morning. While some outlets ensured social distance was maintained, overcrowding was seen at counters flouting the norms.

Recently, the Supreme Court had also suggested states to consider home delivery to maintain social distancing.With implementation of home delivery system, 2082 liquor shops in the state will be able to sale their products.On the other hand, online food ordering delivery platform Swiggy launched home delivery of alcohol in Ranchi today.Similarly, Zomato is also planning to launch alcohol delivery services. It had requested the government to allow it to use a “technology-enabled home delivery-based solution” that can promote “responsible consumption of alcohol”.

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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