New Delhi: The Maharashtra government has surprisingly made a U-turn over its plan to facilitate home delivery of liquor. Reportedly, after facing a backlash from social activists, the government has said that decision on this is yet to be taken.

Earlier in the day, the government had said that it is planning to start home delivery of liquor. According to the Times of India report, Maharashtra for the state for exercise Chandrashekhar Bawankule had said that the policy main aim is to reduce road accidents. People drink and drive due to which they lose lives. He had further added that home delivery will be similar to how other e-commerce firms operate.

As per the News18 report, a government official said that the Maharashtra government had received a few applications seeking that online selling and home delivery of liquor should be allowed. But he added that a decision on this is yet to be taken.

According to a report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), drunk driving accounted for 1.5% of all road accidents in 2015. Such accidents also had the highest number of fatality rates. Around 42% of victims involved in such accidents died compared to 30% and 33% in cases of speeding and reckless driving, respectively.

In 2015, at least 84 people died after consuming spurious liquor in Mumbai. Reportedly, eight police officials were suspended for ‘negligent approach while discharging their duty’ for not being able to check the production of spurious liquor. Five people were remanded to police custody in connection with the case.