Odisha To Resume Offline Counter Sale Of Liquor From Tomorrow

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Bhubaneswar: Liquor shops across the state can now commence counter sale from tomorrow onwards i.e from July 1, an official order of the state government’s Excise Department said.

The shops will remain open for the counter sale of liquor from 7:00 AM to 6:00 P.M, the order read.

The order further mentioned that counter sale of FMFL/IMFL/wine/beer/RTD at licensed IMFL ‘OFF’ and ‘ON’ shops will start from July 1. The existing home delivery service will also continue.

In order to regulate crowd at the shops, an online system for generation of e-token for slot booking has been developed by OSBC with NIC for taking a prior appointment to visit the shops.

The feature is available on OSBC portal (http://osbc.co.in) under the link “e-token for slot booking”. The e-token so generated can be downloaded from the link received through SMS on the mobile phone.

The retailers have been asked to erect barricades wherever required, and also employ additional manpower with specific responsibility to ensure regulation of queue, social distancing norm etc. by the customers.

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