By Sun Times Bureau
A division bench of the Odisha High Court on Wednesday quashed the modified notification of the state government for e-auctioning of liquor shops in view of the fact that the revised notification is not practicable and cannot be implemented.
The state government had issued a notification on February 28, this year, announcing a new practice of allotment of liquor shop licences through e-auctioning in place of the previous method of allotting it through lottery.
Resisting the decision, the liquor shop owners had approached the high court questioning several flaws in the notification.As many as eighty cases were filed opposing the notifications of the state government.
The last allotment of country and foreign liquor shop licenses took place way back in 2005 and every year since then, these were getting renewed. There are about 1131 IMFL and more than 500 country liquor shops in Odisha and the government which collected Rs 1,380 crore during 2011-12 wanted to exact Rs 1,700 crore from the excise sector in the current fiscal.