Odisha Govt allows home delivery of liquor with Covid fee
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has allowed home delivery of liquor from Sunday. However, it would cost a bit higher than the maximum retail price, as the State Government has introduced a ‘special Covid fee’ on sale of liquor.
“The Government has allowed home delivery of liquor by the existing On and Off shop licensees of IMFL and beer situated in areas other than the containment zones and shopping malls with effect from May 24,” said a statement released by the State Excise Department.
However, no excise licensees have been allowed to sell liquor on their premises.
The State Government has amended the relevant provisions under the Odisha Excise Rules, 2017.
A ‘special Covid fee’ has been introduced by amending the relevant rules and the MRPs of all foreign liquor and beer have been hiked by 50 per cent.
The additional revenue will be utilised in the treatment of Covid-19 patients and other related activities, said the statement.
The liquor shop licensees will prominently display their phone/mobile/WhatsApp no./email id/UPI details for receiving the orders and facilitating digital payments outside their shops.
The website of Odisha State Beverage Corporation (OSBC) will also display the district-wise list of liquor shops licensees along with their details. The product-wise latest MRP will also be displayed on the website.
The orders for home delivery of liquor can be received by the retailers over phone or through SMS, WhatsApp, email etc., the statement said.
Normal timing for home delivery would be between 7 am and 6 pm. Orders are expected to be delivered within six hours.
Meanwhile, the Excise department chose two food aggregators to make home delivery of alcohol.
Odisha Excise Commissioner Anjan Kumar Manik said Zomato and Swiggy have been permitted to make home delivery of liquor.
While Zomato will operate in Municipal Corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur as well as Puri Municipality, Swiggy will participate in home delivery of liquor in Municipal Corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur and Rourkela, the Excise Commissioner said.