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FL Trader Associations Demand Over-The-Counter Sale:Online sales of liquor will begin in Cuttack from May 25

Bhubaneswar:24/5/20: A day after Odisha government allowed online sale of liquor in the State, the foreign liquor (FL) trader associations on Sunday demanded over-the-counter sale of alcohol apart from the online sale.

“Once the liquor shops are opened, we will have to pay the fixed taxes and it will not be possible for us to meet the monthly minimum quota through the online sale,” said Biranchi Narayan Sahoo, secretary of Cuttack Liquor Traders’ Association.

Both online and offline sales of liquor needs to be allowed as online sales will not help the traders meet the target, said Sahoo. Speaking on the incident, Khurda Excise Superintendent Prasanna Kumar Acharya said that a meeting was held with the trader associations on Sunday and they have been given assurances of police protection for opening shops.

There seems a lot of difference between what is being said and done by the Odisha government, alleged Naik.

Congress MLA Sura Routray alleged rampant illegal sale of liquor during the lockdown in the State and said, ‘once the sops are opened, people are not going to follow any norms.’

However, State Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari said that online sale of liquor has already begun in Odisha and all measures have been taken to strictly follow the social distancing norms.

On the other hand Online sales of liquor will begin in Cuttack from tomorrow (May 25) amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, informed Cuttack district Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani on Sunday.

The home delivery of liquor will begin in the district from tomorrow morning.

Following a meeting with the Cuttack Liquor Traders’ Association, it has been decided that the liquor shops in the district will start taking online orders from tomorrow morning, said Chayani.

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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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