Online Sale Of Liquor In Punjab Home Delivery resumes

Online Sale of Liquor in Punjab: Recently, Punjab state opened liquor shops during the lockdown which was imposed to curb COVID-19 spread. After 40 days due to the lockdown, the crowd violated social distancing and it turned out as a mess. The government now has issued new timings from the state, to avoid violating social distancing.

Updated: May 16, 2020 14:18 IST

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Roselet Sheena Merli

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Punjab to allow Liquor Home Delivery

The Punjab government has decided to allow home delivery of liquor. It has also decided to likely impose a COVID-19 cess on its sales. It has decided to compensate liquor vends for the losses incurred by the closure of the liquor shops because of the lockdown from March 23 to May 6. 

The Government has now allowed Punjab Liquor shop to ope. Punjab state has permitted the liquor vends to open English/ Desi Wine, whiskey shops. 

Norms to followed during home delivery of alcohol

The order issued by the State government stated that only two litres of liquor will be allowed through home delivery to a buyer against a cash memo. People deputed for home delivery of liquor will be issued identity cards by the state's excise and taxation department and they will also carry curfew pass, the order said. 

Directions have been issued to ensure adherence to social distancing norms and the arrangement of sanitizer at liquor vends. It stated that not more than five people will be allowed to stand outside a liquor shop. Liquor contractors who have paid 50 percent of the license fee to the state government will be allowed to open their shops.

Punjab CM sought permission for opening of liquor vends

Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh was the first Chief Minister to have written to Union Government seeking permission for opening of liquor vends. His move aimed to generate some revenue during the lockdown. It was rejected earlier. But later on 8 May, the Supreme Court suggested home delivery of liquor to ensure social distancing during the lockdown.

Till now under Punjab Excise Duty Act 1914, there is no such provision of home delivery of liquor in Punjab. But the delivery of liquor at doorsteps will be allowed only during the lockdown period. The Punjab state government had earlier urged the Centre to allow the opening of liquor shops in the state to mop up tax revenue.

Online Sale Of Liquor In Punjab - FAQ

1. Is there any provision for home delivery of liquor under the Punjab Excise Duty Act, 1914?

Till now, there is no such provision of home delivery of liquor in Punjab under Punjab Excise Duty Act, 1914. But the delivery of liquor at doorsteps will be allowed only during the lockdown period. The Punjab state government had earlier urged the Centre to allow the opening of liquor shops in the state to mop up tax revenue.