New Delhi: After the Kerala government decided that it would home deliver liquor to those who have started exhibiting withdrawal symptoms and have doctors’ prescription, the high court on Thursday put a stay on the order for a period of three weeks. It was decided that a service charge of Rs 100 would be collected from each pass holder for meeting the delivery expenses. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Over 86 Lakh Pensioners Receive Rs 1,300 Crore From UP Govt Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package
Each person would be entitled to 3 litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and sale of wine and beer was not envisaged, the order stated. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Rs 1885 Crore Refunded to Passengers Who Booked Tickets During Lockdown
Those not willing to undertake the home delivery, the name and details of the employee should be reported to the Head office for submission to the government, it said. A civil police officer will have to accompany the distribution vehicle. The sale of liquor should be only to the pass holders, limiting it to the quantity mentioned in the pass. Also Read - Bihar Artist Makes Sand Art Seeking Justice For Kerala Elephant, Calls the Incident a 'Blot on Humanity'
Any excess sale to pass holders or sales to non-pass holders is strictly prohibited, the order said. In the order issued on Monday, the government said, following the lockdown and the closure of liquor outlets in the state, there were many instances of social issues, including suicidal tendencies shown by those who consumed liquor regularly and the state government has decided to initiate steps to resolve the matter.
“If the doctors are not ready to prescribe liquor, it’s fine. We are not forcing anyone to do so. We were just following the protocols which are prevalent at many places. It’s been over a week. The family and friends of the addicts can gently persuade them to approach the de-addiction centres,” CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.
A person showing withdrawal symptoms has to get a doctor’s prescription on his condition so that he could be provided liquor in a “controlled manner”, the order had added.