wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

,

Delhi to start allowing online alcohol ordering; other states reluctant

hipbar

The Delhi state government opened the door for app-based home delivery of liquor in an amendment of its excise law on May 25. This relaxation comes at a time when most states in normal circumstances do not allow home delivery of liquor, even during the current lockdowns.

The new rules provide for a “licence in Form L-13 for home delivery of Indian liquor and Foreign Liquor by ordering through mobile app or online web portal,” it said L-13 is a freshly introduced liquor delivery license for which the fee structure and other details are forthcoming — the state government has not yet notified the date when these amendments will come into force. Delivery can be done as long as the order is taken on a website or an app, and can only be done to residential addresses (no hostels, institutes or offices).

Speaking to MediaNama, Prasanna Natarajan, founder of liquor delivery app HipBar welcomed the amendment.”Even though other states already have tech assisted home delivery, as the national capital, Delhi will show the way for the rest of the states who are actively considering it,” he said.

Other states slow on home delivery

. Even in the midst of lockdowns in 2020, only a handful of states allowed it — Jharkhand, Orissa, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal for instance; in some of those states, as Moneycontrol reported. Headaches with the police and the local administration led to delivery players Swiggy and Zomato choosing to pull out of the activity altogether.

Liquor sale is heavily taxed and regulated in India in most states, and even in places like Karnataka where the law doesn’t explicitly rule out home delivery, officials have resisted attempts to let tipplers get drinks delivered at home, arguing that online sales weren’t recognized by the state. HipBar has appealed the ban up to the Supreme Court; a date has not yet been set for a hearing.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

And then there’s states like Tamil Nadu, where a state monopoly on sale of alcohol means that the government relies extensively on revenues from sale of alcohol. However, there’s political considerations in play: there’s bipartisan support for (the idea of) prohibition, so there may well be political discomfort with something like home delivery, which would make purchasing liquor that much more convenient.

Natarajan was optimistic, though, that more states would warm up to the idea. “Even the Courts have taken a liberal view on this, after considering the pros of home delivery over conventional counter sales during the pandemic,” he said.

Also read

Written By

I cover the digital content ecosystem and telecom for MediaNama.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

India's IT Rules mandate a GAC to address user 'grievances' , but is re-instatement of content removed by a platform a power it should...

News

There is a need for reconceptualizing personal, non-personal data and the concept of privacy itself for regulators to effectively protect data

News

Existing consumer protection regulations are not sufficient to cover the extent of protection that a crypto-investor would require.

News

The Delhi High Court should quash the government's order to block Tanul Thakur's website in light of the Shreya Singhal verdict by the Supreme...

News

Releasing the policy is akin to putting the proverbial 'cart before the horse'.

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ