The Maharashtra cabinet on Thursday passed a proposal to sell wine at supermarkets and walk-in shops across the state. According to the statement released by the CMO, the ‘shelf-in-shop’ method can be adopted by those supermarkets and stores that are of 1000 sq. ft. or more and registered under Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act.
However, supermarkets that are near places of worship or educational institutions will not be allowed to sell wine. Furthermore, the sale of wine will not be allowed in districts where there are other restrictions. Supermarkets and walk-in shops that wish to sell wine will have to pay Rs 5,000 for the license.
This decision came to improve the sales of fruit-based wineries that provide additional income to farmers, said Maharashtra skill development minister Nawab Malik to the reporters.
BJP opposes the move
On the other hand, Opposition BJP opposed the decision and alleged that the state government is promoting the consumption of liquor. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said, “We will not allow Maharashtra to become a Madya-rashtra [liquor state].”
“The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government did not help people during two years of the pandemic but its priority is promoting the sale of liquor,” he added.
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