Bhubaneswar, 10th August: Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi directed the Odisha State Beverage Corporation ( OSBC) to adopt IT techniques for ensuring illegal inflow and sale of liquors in the retail shops. Sri Padhi gave this direction while reviewing the activities of the corporation in its Board Room yesterday. The Corporation was asked to carry forward end to end computerization of purchase and sale of licensed liquor. Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan present in the review advised MD of the Corporation 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.
Further, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi advised the corporation to modernize its depots with mechanized and computerized systems for ensuring safe stock keeping and hassle free delivery. It was decided to fix all the depots under CCTV surveillance with a central control room connection. Secretary Excise Sri Vir Vikram Yadav appraised 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. Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to customize the accounts and taxation systems of the Corporation in post GST scenario.
Review revealed that Corporation operated 9 depots at Khurda, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Angul, Jajpur, Bolangir and Balasore. It was decided in the meeting to construct 9 new depots in various parts of the State so as to keep those places free of spurious and illegal liquor. It was further decided to put in place the online system of purchase, sale and payment on real time basis from 1st August, 2017. As of now, around 1500 licensed IMF and FFM retailers from different parts of the State are raising stocks from various depots of the Corporation. It may be pertinent here to mention that as per the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court around 404 shops are closed till today from 1st April, 2017.
Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Finance Sri Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Secretary Excise Sri Vir Vikram Yadav, Managing Director OSBC Sri Dwijaraj Kara, Chief Executive Officer OSBC Sri Manas Kumar Swain along with senior officers from OSBC participated in the discussions.