Odisha govt allows liquor home delivery in lockdown


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday allowed liquor home delivery during the 14-day lockdown in four districts and Rourkela Municipal Corporation.

“Home delivery of IMFL/CL/OS liquor by the existing ON/OFF/OS licensees as per the prevailing guidelines of Excise Department,” said an order issued from Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

The government has also allowed movement of telecom and Internet service providers including their maintenance offices and movement of their staff with proper identity cards.

It also allowed data and Call Centres and banks, insurance and financial institutions including service organisations to operate with not more than 25 per cent of their manpower strength for essential banking transadions and ATM feeding agencies.

Besides, capital and debt market services as notified by the Security & Exchange Board of India with bare minimum staff, depaftments of the State Government and their sub-ordinate offices as notified by the GA & PG Department are also allowed to operate during the lockdown.

The state government has announced to impose lockdown in the districts of Ganjam, Khorda, Cuttack and Jajpur and Rourkela Municipal Corporation in Sundargarh district from Friday 9 pm to till July 31 midnight to check the spread of COVID-19.