Raipur, May 19
The Congress-led Chhattisgarh Government in the state is taking every possible step to extend maximum convenience to boozers during this time COVID-19 pandemic and make sure that they may not face any problem in procuring their quota for liquor.
Congress, which came into power by defeating the 15-year-old rule of BJP on poll promise of prohibiting liquor sale, eventually turned blind eye to its pledge, as the state government has decided to deliver liquor through the government-run outlets during this COVID crisis. However, the move brings cheers on the faces of boozers.
In the wake of several issues faced during online selling and smooth delivery of liquor, the state’s Excise Department has decided to deliver alcohol through the government-run liquor outlets. Meanwhile, the entire process will require online booking.
According to information received, in an order issued by the Excise Department on Tuesday, the customers will be able to procure liquor from the outlets and the shop’s supervisor will be responsible for maintaining COVID-19 protocols at their respective outlets. Meanwhile, the online booked and delivery of liquor will also continue as earlier. The booking of liquor could be carried out through an application csmcl Online and soon this app will provide the option of pickup from the liquor shop. Under this facility, the customers opting for the pickup from the outlet will receive a One Time Password (OTP) from the shop and by showcasing this OTP, the ordered liquor could be collected from the shop. In this facility, a customer has to make payment in advance.
The facility will not be available in the premium shops situated in mall.
This decision was taken by the excise department as the server of site developed to collect online order reportedly crashed due to the large number of visitors. As per information received, on May 10, when the online booking facility was started by the department, orders to the tune of around Rs 4 crore were received and it takes around four days to ensure the deliveries.
The decision taken by the Excise Department has caught sharp reaction of people from different walk of lives, including political parties, as they believe that move is going to act as a catalyst in spreading infection. It was also seen previously that people at liquor shops completely ignore safety protocol, particularly physical distancing.