Amid lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Meghalaya government is all set to home deliver liquor to those who need it for health reasons.
The Meghalaya government has approved “home delivery of liquor on health grounds strictly against medical prescription issued by a registered medical practitioner.”
According to a letter written by B Syiemlieh, Deputy Secretary, Excise, Registration, Taxation and Stamps department said that the bonded warehouse may be allowed to sell and provide home delivery of liquor as a special case with immediate effect up to April 14th, 2020.
The government will design an online system where those who are 21 years and above can upload their medical prescription and place an order for the liquor from the bonded warehouse in their respective district.
One has to pay Rs 100 as delivery fee for 15 kilometres or less and Rs 200 for more than 15-kilometre distance. This is a temporary provision until the lockdown period.
There are reports that people are committed suicide in some parts of the country after failing to procure liquor due to the lockdown.
Earlier, Kerala had issued a similar order directing the state’s excise department to home deliver liquor strictly against a valid medical prescription.
It may be mentioned, no positive coronavirus case has been reported from the state so far. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the state is prepared to tackle the coronavirus crisis.