Tipplers say e-tokens not working in Delhi
Senior Delhi government officials on Sunday said that the e-token system for liquor sale had been streamlined after initial technical snags, even as consumers complained that the system did not assure preferred brands.
“I and several others had booked a slot online, but the store was closed. Government volunteers were selling liquor at a premium,” Rahul Dev (name changed), said after visiting a Govindpuri store on Sunday.
It could be an isolated incident where the police might have got the shop closed to prevent crowding. Most stores are now open and working properly,” the officials added.
When liquor shops had opened in the city on Monday after a six-week lockdown, there was huge rush of people violating social distancing norms. While Delhi Police closed down several shops, the excise department came up with a slew of measures, including issuance of e-tokens, for people to book a slot online and buy liquor without standing in queues.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government is unlikely to allow privately-owned liquor shops to open during the current phase of the lockdown, despite state-run outlets having failed to cater to the rising demand.