Bhubaneswar, May 23 : In a significant decision the Odisha government today decided to allow home delivery of liquor in the state but imposed covid fee by hiking 50 per cent on the MRP of all types of foreign liquor and beer A decision in this regard was taken by the Excise Department which would be made effective from tomorrow.
The state government had made necessary amendments in the Odisha Excise Rules 2017and allowed the home delivery of liquor by the ON & OFF shop licensees of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) & Beer. However, the home delivery of liquor will not be applicable in the containment zones and shopping malls. The government introduced covid fee on the minimum retail price of all types of foreign liquor and beer by hiking 50 per cent on the MRP of the liquor.
The additional revenue collected through covid fee will be used for treatment of covid patients in the state. For home delivery,the consumer should provide the details of mobile number or Whatsapp number and the address where the liquor would be delivered. The liquor sources said would be delivered after six hours of applying online .
The Supreme Court has recently observed that states should consider home delivery of liquor as a better alternative to opening liquor vends to ensure social distancing during lockdown. The apex court, however, had refused to pass any order to this effect. (UNI)