Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday has hinted about the plans to start selling liquor in Maharashtra. He said that, despite the fact that the shops which have been permitted to stay open during lockdown do exclude alcohol shops. But, to bring this to action, strict rules will be made in this regard and only after that a final decision will be announced. It has been noted that Maharashtra is in the first spot of the Coronavirus cases in any state if this plan comes into action, it will be considered as a big decision considering the crisis going on.
Tope has been reacting positively to the liquor sale in the state for the last two days during the lockdown. On Tuesday, he shared a tweet in the native language, Marathi, the translated version said, “Although liquor stores are not included in the list of exemptions from lockdown, the final decision will be announced only after strict regulations are prepared.” After that, comments started pouring in to thank him. However, most people opposed it, saying that this decision will not affect them and that the Maharashtra government is under illusion because the shops are selling liquors even in this lockdown.
Here, the Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) organization has demanded permission from the Maharashtra government to start selling liquor. The organization has requested Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to keep liquor shops open from 9 am to 11 pm from May 5 and from 11 am to 1 pm from May 15 to June 11. CIABC contends that liquor producers and sellers pay tax of one lakh crore rupees to the government throughout the year and 35 lakhs directly helps farmers in livelihood. Through the thousands of people get employment in the manufacturing sector. Millions of people associated with their distribution chain get employment. Not just this, several united businesses like glass, tin, plastic and paper which are worth 600-700 crores every year, these ventures likewise find support from their industry.
They suggested that solitary window-shops should only allow one customer at a time and only two customers at a time should be allowed if it is a walk-in shop. Customers should only stand in the circles marked outside the shops. Officials from CIABC are additionally looking for consent for the home conveyance of liquor, which will be done post vital checks. Apart from Maharashtra, some other states in India like Assam and Meghalaya have already opened liquor shops and permitted wholesale warehouses to run business for a particular number of hours in a week.