No stock; most liquor shops in Bengal shut

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No stock; most liquor shops in Bengal shut
Kolkata, May 13 () Most of the 'OFF' liquor shopslocated across West Bengal remained closed on Wednesday owingto lack of stock, an official of a licensees' associationsaid.

Although the manufacturers were allowed to resumeoperations in the state, the production volume was affecteddue to less workforce being deployed at the units to meet withthe lockdown norms, he said.

The official of West Bengal Foreign LiquorManufacturers, Vendors and Wholesalers Association said thatit will take time may be more than a month - for thesituation to normalise.

Owing to the imposition of 30 per cent sales tax onthe MRP by the government, the manufacturers working capitalrequirements have increased, for which there is no policyeither from the government or banks.

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The government has allowed home delivery of liquor tothose ordering online, but the response is still tepid due topoor stock available with the BEVCO, the state governmentwarehouse for stocking liquor.

"We hope things will be better once supplies improve",he said. dcNN NN
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