In what can be a first of its kind in the country, Maharashtra state government is contemplating to introduce a policy that will allow the home delivery of liquor. If all goes well, Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to have such a policy. And the online sale of liquor and its home delivery would be made through the popular e-commerce websites.
Maharashtra’s Excise Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has corroborated the development and said that it will be a ‘landmark’ move and a ‘game changer’ for the liquor industry. He quickly adds that the move is to “reduce” the growing cases of “drunken driving” that are resulting in several road accidents leading to “great loss of lives”. The Excise Minister said the alcohol would be delivered home through platforms similar to national and international e-commerce websites.
Since the age limit for drinking beer & ready to drink is 21 years and IMFL & country liquor is 25 years, the ministry of excise department is suggesting the sellers take complete details of customers including Aadhaar numbers for identity and age-confirmation purpose.
What’s more? The liquor bottles would be geo-tagged to track the manufacture and sale that is made in order to curb “duplication” or “adulteration” and “smuggling”.
Meanwhile, several activists are questioning the move. They are saying the move is “unconstitutional” as the constitution prohibits the sale of intoxicating drinks that may lead to injury or death.