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HC stays Telangana, AP notices on computerisation of retail liquor shops

HC stays Telangana, AP notices on computerisation of retail liquor shops
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Stating that it is unfair to insist retailers to be tech-savvy without computerising the distilleries first, the Hyderabad high court has stayed notices issued by the AP and Telangana governments to retail wine shop dealers directing them to install computers, printers and scanners in their shops.

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Hyderabad: Stating that it is unfair to insist retailers to be tech-savvy without computerising the distilleries first, the Hyderabad high court has stayed notices issued by the AP and Telangana governments to retail wine shop dealers directing them to install computers, printers and scanners in their shops.

Authorities had made it mandatory for all retail liquor shops to generate bills in accordance with the bar code, MRP and hologram on liquor bottles. However, the petitioners found this odd because the same has not yet been done at the originating point i.e. distilleries.
The Wine Dealers' Association moved two separate petitions challenging the notices issued by the governments on installation of computers.
The petitioners told the court that the prohibition and excise departments of both the states have warned them that supply of liquor will be stopped from Monday if they fail to install the computers.
They also said that without installing machinery at the distilleries to affix barcodes and holograms on bottles and without providing the required software for the purpose, insisting that retail dealers install the same is illegal.
They urged the court to direct the governments not to insist retailers for installation of computers, till the relevant machinery is installed at the distilleries.
The court suspended the notices issued by excise authorities and directed them not to stop supply of liquor to retailers in both states till further orders.
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