A primary: ITBP begins on-line liquor distribution for troops at LAC

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has launched a first-of-its kind Internet-based liquor distribution system for its serving and retired personnel guarding the LAC with China.

The paramilitary force launched the centralised liquor management system (CLMS) sometime back as a solution to the problem of non-availability of the desired liquor brands to its personnel and veterans residing in remote locations, an ITBP official said.

Paramilitary forces like the ITBP are authorised to get liquor under government rules and this is the first time such an online system has been introduced among these forces that includes the CRPF, BSF, CISF and SSB and other central forces like the NDRF and the NSG.

“There was a long-standing demand of the ITBP personnel that good quality liquor should be made available to them in the vicinity of their native places,” the official said.

“Till now, the system allowed jawans and officers to purchase authorised liquor only from canteens of the formations/units where they are posted and there was no system which could enable them to take liquor from the canteens of other units of the force even if that was based near their native place or home town,” the official said while explaining the need for such a facility.

ITBP chief SS Deswal, who recently launched the CLMS whose link is available at the official website of the force, said the portal link allowed a serving or retired officer to create an account, choose the unit nearest to his home base and check the inventory of brands and varieties of liquor for purchase on payment. — Agencies

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