Karnataka had stopped the online sale of liquor in September and had also issued notices to major apps like Dunzo, but the government seems to have changed its mind and is now examining the prospect of online sale of alcohol.
Karnataka government up for a retrial on something the Maharashtra government recently dropped – the practice of online sale and home delivery of liquor. The excise officials state that it will help boost the excise revenue and rein cases of drunk driving.
Karnataka had stopped the online sale of liquor in September and had also issued notices to major apps like Dunzo, but the government seems to have a change of mind now as it's examining the prospect of online sale of alcohol.
The additional commissioner of excise, Rajendra Prasad, stated that the proposal on the same is formulated and sent for approval to the finance department and has now turned over to the Cabinet for approval.
Prasad also stated that chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will meet with the wine merchants association as they stand against the whole proposal. Members of the wine merchants association strongly disagree with the decision stating that the government has still not been able to tame the sale of drugs to children and if the proposal comes to practice, how will the government deal with underage drinking?
Kumaraswamy's promise to waive over Rs 50,000 crore worth of farm loans has driven the government to look for other venues to obtain revenues. Sources say that online sale of alcohol is an option being considered to make up for revenue lost with waiver pledge.
Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy on Tuesday stated that he has not yet received the proposal regarding the online sale of alcohol.
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Last Updated Oct 23, 2018, 7:41 PM IST