Locked Down Liquor: Alcohol Body Seeks Phased Restart Of Business

by GoNews Desk 4 years ago Views 2792

Alcohol Body Seeks Phased Restart Of Business, Wri
The key body reprersenting the alcohol industry in the country, CIABC, is pushing a phased restart of retail liquor stores shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is asking that retail licenses granted for year 2019-20 which expired on 31 March 2020 should be extended until June 30, 2020.

"Shops outside identified COVID19 hotspots should be allowed to open in following phased manner. Keeping shops open for longer is to help spread customers. From April 15th to May 15th – from 9 am to 11 pm From May 15th to June 15th – from 11 am to 11 pm June 15th onwards – normal timing", stated the agency.

While Assam has just reopened liquor stores from 10 am to 5 pm, in the rest of the country liquor sales remain practically locked down. The agency also wrote to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking phased restart of business — from distillery to wine stores, along with suggesting some key recommendations. Among which are:

Shops should be permitted to sell stock purchased or ordered in 2019-20 till stocks last.

No demurrage should be charged for stock lying in government retail shops until June 30.

No retail shop should be manned by more than two salesmen.

No shop should permit more than two customers if it’s a walk-in shop or one customer if it’s single window shop. All shops must make circle markings outside for customers to stand.

In addition, CIABC has also requested that state governments in general should allow home deliveries of alcohol subject to necessary checks and diligence. The Indian Made Foreign Liquors (IMFL) industry contributes over Rs 100,000 crores in taxes every year and supports the livelihood of 35 lakh farmers directly and provides direct employment to thousands of people in manufacturing in addition to employing over a million people in the distribution chain.

GoNews has reported that states were set to lose Rs 14,700 Cr in Alcohol Revenue during the lockdown.

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