On May 8,The Supreme Court permitted the states to think about online sales and home delivery of liquor(alcohol) during the lockdown period in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus caused covid-19 disease on account of crowding at the shops.
The liquor industry has asked the government to allow home delivery of alcohol. It said that this will help in ensuring social distancing and also be a lifesaver for sectors destroyed by the COVID-19 crisis.The liquor businessmen are regularly making requests to every state government to allow them to sell off their liquor stocks, through a home delivery model just like the other food delivery giants.
The All India Brewers’ Association (AIBA) has suggested creating a “special license for private e-commerce companies (such as Flipkart, Amazon, Grofers and others) and food delivery companies (such as Zomato, Swiggy and others) to take orders and fulfil demand from the existing licensed retailers and wholesalers in states.”
Online food ordering platforms have already given their consent to start such services if the required permission is granted by the government.Discussions are going on between unvovlrd authorities and e-commerce giants such as Swiggy for online sales and home delivery of liquor.
‘This will help us deplete our stocks, raise some money to take care of urgent people needs and will still be compliant to social distancing norms. We understand that this may require some amendments to the law but I am sure it can be carried out under the current extraordinary circumstances,” National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) President Anurag Katriar said.
Some states like Delhi have also imposed massive taxes of up to 75 per cent to keep a check over the demand as well as fill up their depleted revenues.According to the data available, the liquor industry revenue amounting to almost ₹2.5 lakh crore to the state governments and due to the nationwide lockdown States have lost revenue worth ₹25,000 crore in the 40-odd days when liquor trade was closed