Govt heeds their plea that stocks will go bad if not sold
Responding to the pleas of clubs, bars and hotels that their stocks of liquor would spoil if not sold, the Karnataka government has allowed these establishments to clear their existing stocks of liquor as ‘takeaway’ at MRP till May 17.
Similar permissions have been given to Metro Cash and Carry and to wine boutiques to sell their liquor stocks, but no last date has been set for the latter.
According to an order from the Excise Department on Friday, the permission is applicable to standalone CL-4 (clubs), CL-7 (hotels and lodges) and CL-9 (bar) licence-holders till their stocks last. The conditions laid down include sale only of sealed bottles, social distancing and wearing of masks. Sales are allowed between 9 am and 7 pm.
Transporting liquor stocks to CL-2 (MRP) outlets is allowed, but not in containment zones. Procurement of fresh liquor stocks from KSBCL outlets by these establishments is not allowed.