Tech Glare On Illegal Liquor


Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has directed the Odisha State Beverage Corporation (OSBC) to adopt IT techniques for ensuring illegal inflow and sale of liquors in the retail shops.

 
Mr.Padhi gave this direction while reviewing the activities of the OSBC in its Board Room on 9 August.
 
Secretary Excise and OSBC Chairman, Vir Vikram Yadav said that online payment system by retailers to OSBC through SBI e-payment gateway had already been adopted by the Corporation for the purposes of correct accounts keeping.
 
The Corporation was asked to carry forward end to end computerization of purchase and sale of licensed liquor, said sources.
 
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised OSBC authorities to conduct surprise check verification of the stock at retailer level for the purposes of checking inflow of illegal liquor from across the border to the state. 
 
Mr.Padhi also advised the Corporation to modernize its depots with mechanized and computerized systems for ensuring safe stock keeping and hassle free delivery.
 
The sources said, the meeting decided to fix all the depots under CCTV surveillance with a central control room connection.
 
The Chief Secretary issued directions for customizing the accounts and taxation systems of the Corporation in post-GST scenario.
 
Notably, the Corporation operated Nine depots at Khurda, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Angul, Jajpur, Bolangir and Balasore.
 
It was decided in the meeting to construct Nine new depots in various parts of the State so as to keep those places free of spurious and illegal liquor, the sources said adding it was also decided to put in place the online system of purchase, sale and payment on real time basis from August 1.
 
As of now, around 1500 licensed IMFL retailers from different parts of the State are raising stocks from various depots of the Corporation.
 
As many as 404 liquor shops were closed from 1 April 1as per the orders of the Supreme Court of India, which were inside 500 Meters of the National and State Highways.
 
Principal Secretary Finance Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Managing Director OSBC, Dwijaraj Kar, Chief Executive Officer OSBC Manas Kumar Swain and senior officers from OSBC also participated in the discussions.  
 


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