New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: To ensure that no social distancing and lockdown norm are violated by the people in the state, the Punjab government has given a nod to the home delivery of liquor across the state. A curfew has been in-place in Punjab from past few days in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.  

The go-ahead for home delivery of liquor was given by Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who also holds the portfolio of Punjab’s Excise and Taxation Minister. The decision was taken keeping in mind the long queues and violation of social distancing and lockdown norms in several other states, including Delhi, when they opened the liquor shops earlier this week.  

According to the existing lockdown rules imposed in Punjab, shops are allowed to open from 9 am till 1 pm in the state. However, media reports now suggests that the home delivery of liquor will be permitted from 1 pm till 6 pm in the evening.  

The home delivery of liquor will also help in maintaining the law and order in the state and also prevent people from rushing to liquors vendors and violate the social distancing norms. Meanwhile, according to report by Times Now, Punjab’s Excise and Taxation department is considering of providing a curfew pass to an employee of the liquor vend contractor. This pass will will enable the employee to delover liquor at homes amid the curfew in the state.

The Chattisgarh government had already developed a web portal for home delivery of liquor in the green zones of the state. "The state government has given permission for the online sale of liquor so that crowding at wine shops can be discouraged," a public relations department official said. People in Chhattisgarh can now download the CSMCL app and order the liquor.

In a related development, the Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC), an apex body of the Indian alcoholic beverage industry, had yesterday urged the Delhi government to permit home delivery of alcohol in the national capital.

Posted By: Talib Khan