Meghalaya cancels order for home delivery of liquor

Meghalaya cancels order for home delivery of liquor

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Shillong, Apr 3 : The Meghalaya government has withdrawn its order for allowing home delivery of liquor against prescriptions issued by a registered medical practitioner following a reservation raised by the Indian Medical Association, an official said on Friday.

On Thursday, the Kerala High Court stayed at the state government’s order allowing home delivery of liquor during the lockdown for those with withdrawal syndromes, calling the government order “disturbing” and a “recipe for disaster”.

A bench of the high court comprising justices AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Shaji P Chaly was hearing separate writ petitions moved by Congress parliamentarian T.N. Pratapan, the Kerala Government Medical Officers Association and the Indian Medical Association

The Meghalaya government on Monday had approved home delivery of liquor on health grounds, strictly against medical prescription.

State Excise officials said that it was a temporary measure to cater to the "essential health needs" of "genuine customers" during the 21-day lockdown. (UNI)