The Punjab government’s proposal to allow online sale of liquor on experimental basis from Mohali city has drawn criticism from both liquor traders and residents welfare associations (RWAs), who fear that this facility will not just boost cross-border smuggling but also defy the minimum age bar for buying liquor.In its draft excise policy cleared by the state cabinet, the Punjab government announced that on experimental basis, the government may introduce an online platform for online home delivery of liquor in Mohali city, which will be done in consultation with all the retail licencees of the city. The experiment would not, however, be undertaken even if even a single licencee objects to it.
Traders fear that if the concept liquor-at-doorsteps is introduced, first it will eat up their sales and secondly the delivery boys will make direct contact with buyers for the next time and get them liquor directly from Chandigarh.
Liquor traders Sunny, Darshan Kler, Gaurav Jain, Harish Kumar, J P Singh and others, who have liquor vends in Mohali, Zirakpur and Kharar, said it would be a blunder if Punjab government adopts this concept.
The RWA’s are also of the view that this will spoil the children and will persuade even those who feel shy going to liquor vend to buy liquor, as in this case they procure it from within the four walls of their home. G S Sidhu, RWA member, Mohali said, “With paying guest culture growing, this move will be fatal. Girls will have free hand to buy liquor while sitting in their PGs with this concept who otherwise feel shy to go to a vend.”