Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 11:
Stung by the vociferous protest against its move to extend the timing for sale of liquor till midnight in the corporation areas of the state, the Odisha government today sought to make amnnds by coming out with a clarification that the new timings are applicable only to on-shop foreign liquor outlets.
In a clarification issued today, the Excise department said the October 22 notification had ‘mistakenly’ said that new timings were applicable to both on and off shops. On realising the mistake, the department had ‘immediately’ issued a revised notification on October 25 making it clear that the new business hours were restricted only to on-shops in the five corporations of the state it said.
While several newspapers had carried the October 22 notification, they ignored the revised notification issued on October 25, the department regretted.
The decision to extend the business hours had been taken after owners of on shops in general and hotels in particular had objected to earlier timings of 10.30 am to 10.30 pm, the department said requesting the public not to be misled by the disinformation.