Amid the fight against coronavirus, vaccination certificates have become mandatory for travel and visiting public places in several parts of the country over the past few months. Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa district, about 230 km from state capital Bhopal, has also seen a new rule - liquor shops are selling alcohol only to those who're fully vaccinated. But, a government official says, they "don't need to show vaccine certificates, they can just tell if they've got both doses or not... because those who drink don't lie".
"Targetting a huge vaccination coverage, the administration wanted to spread awareness among the locals. Taking the same vision forward, we enforced a rule - 'only those who are fully vaccinated will be able to buy alcohol'. Shops have put up a board outside to let people know about this," Khandwa District Excise officer RP Kirar told reporters on Thursday.
Asked about the verification process, the official gave a bizarre reply: "Yeh to uski imandaari se hi wo bolega (The buyer will tell that honestly). It's our personal experience that those who drink don't lie."
"No vaccination proof is required, verbal assurance of being fully vaccinated is enough. Those who drink don't lie": RP Kirar, Khandwa district excise officer, on recent order restricting the sale of liquor only to those fully vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/Ltzqsy3GUV— NDTV (@ndtv) November 19, 2021
"He does not need to show a certificate. The customer can tell if he has got both the doses (of the vaccine) or not," the official is heard saying in a video that triggered amusing reactions on social media.
Alcohol will be sold at the liquor stores to only those people who have received both doses of COVID vaccine: Khandwa District Excise Officer #MadhyaPradeshpic.twitter.com/CoCqiITgsN— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2021
"Tell me you drink and I'll believe, because those who drink alcohol they only say the truth, they don't lie," wrote a user.
Another user wrote: "Those who drink don't lie. What a logic!"
"Lie detector. Science is winning. Just get a jab (sic)," a tweet in response to the remark read.
'Those who drink don't lie'— Durgaprasad Hegde (@DpHegde) November 19, 2021
Exercise officer in MP issues order directing liquor stores to sell alcohol only to those who received 2 doses of Covid-19 vaccine
No need for vaccine certificate
'Kyon ki daru peenewala kabhi joot nahi bolta'????
Madhya Pradesh has so far given 7.88 crore vaccine doses across 52 districts. The Khandwa district has administered 13.86 lakh-plus vaccine doses so far.