Will Liquor Shops opens today? here is a big question for the people in India during the lockdown period. The Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) has raised a request that the sale of illicit and counterfeit liquor be imposed on the vault as a result of a blanket ban during the lockdown to contain coronavirus.
The body found that all wholesale and retail stores selling alcohol drinks were closed as a result of a nationwide lockdown.
The need to close on-shops (bars) is well understood in light of social distance.
CIBC, the top body of the Indian alcoholic beverage industry, on Monday sent a proposal letters to the chief ministers of Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
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CINBC, Director General Vinod Giri said in the letter that there are increasing reports of illegal and counterfeit liquor sales in the state, which could pose serious health risks to the public as well as create a negative law and order situation.
It requested all state governments to extend all liquor licenses and approvals until April 30 or an additional month post-lockdown.
Alcohol is one of the most important sources of income for state governments and by closing retail stores, states are losing much-needed tax revenue to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
He said some people also need to consider alcohol for medical reasons.
CIABC, which owns a large number of Indian companies that manufacture and market their product line in India and abroad, appealed for permission to sell alcoholic beverages from the state’s off-shops during the lockdown.
It suggested that state governments could do so by placing reasonable regulatory measures, such as shortening the store time, and by requiring tablets to strictly follow social distance regulations.
The body is also required to issue online permits and permits for wholesale dealers in a state to receive and deliver stocks to off-shops within specified hours.
It also requested the issuance of relevant permits and approvals to facilitate stock movement and receipt within and between the state.
Recognizing the threats to public health and peacebuilding, some state governments have taken proactive measures and relaxed the shutdown orders for liquor and beverage outlets, the CIBC said.
Some have requested the idea of allowing alcoholic beverages to be delivered to the home for eligible cases.