Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 30:

Odisha State Beverages Corporation Limited (OSBCL) today launched its online payment service in a bid to facilitate cashless transaction and address the cash crunch.

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Launching the service, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said that the initiative is yet another step towards ease of doing business in the state — which is a focus area of the government. Besides, the service will enable faster and transparent transactions helping retailers, he added.

Padhi further asked OSBCL authorities to initiate steps for automating other operations including godown management and inventory management up to retail level of the Corporation.

According to information provided by Excise Secretary Bishnupada Sethi, demonetisation has taken a heavy toll on the sale of liquor across Odisha with excise revenue declining by Rs 20 crore this year as compared to last year.

He, however, added that the online service — developed within a week by National Informatics Center Bhubaneswar with active support from State Bank of India – is likely to arrest the trend.

Online sale of liquor will start at Chandikhole depot starting today. The retailers can purchase liquor online from April 1, 2017, he added.

It may be mentioned here that OSBCL has nine depots at Chandikhol, Khordha, Nirgundi, Angul, Sambalpur, Balasore, Berhampur, Rayagada and Bolagir.  About 1600 retailers are attached to these depots.