Mumbai, October 14: In a bid to curb cases of drunken driving, the Maharashtra government is planning to introduce a policy under which liquor will be delivered to homes. If the liquor home delivery policy gets the nod, Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to have such a mechanism. Aadhaar card details will be used to ascertain the buyer's age.
Minister for State for excise Chandrashekhar Bawankule said liquor would be delivered home through online platforms similar to popular e-commerce websites. "The main objective is to reduce growing cases of drunken driving due to which there have been many accidents and resulted in great loss of lives," Bawankule was quoted as saying by a leading newspaper. Man Arrested for Killing Neighbour for Not Lending Money for Liquor.
Bawankule said the sellers would seek complete details of buyers, including his/her Aadhaar card, to ensure that people buying liquor online meet the required age criteria. Bottles of alcohol would be geo-tagged to keep track of their manufacture and sale that, according to the minister, would help curb the sale of spurious liquor and smuggling. Liquor Prices in Maharashtra May be Hiked if Fadnavis Government Cuts Petrol And Diesel Price.
Activist Paromita Goswami, who is leading a campaign for a complete ban on liquor in the state, expressed unhappiness over the government's proposed move. He said home delivery of alcohol would have several adverse effects. Calling the move 'unconstitutional', Goswami said the government should rethink as this may increase liquor addiction in the state.