Manoj Rawat says that allowing easy availability of liquor is actually a cut in ration and other necessary things for poor during this period of crisis.
Expressing apprehension over the decision of Uttarakhand government to open liquor shops in all parts of the state even as lockdown III continues, the Congress MLA from Kedarnath Manoj Rawat has asked the state government to either revoke its decision or impose restriction on its sale. In a letter to the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the MLA has said that by allowing easy availability of liquor is actually a cut in ration and other necessary things for poor during this period of crisis precipitated by the spread of COVID-19 infection. He argued that people would get enticed to buy liquor at the expense of other essential items. “it is like a double whammy on the poor already affected by loss of employment and earning,’’ he said.
Rawat further added that if the government is not able to take back its decision of opening of liquor shops then it should reduce the permissible per person carrying limit of liquor to two bottles. He said that after April 2018, the state government has increased the per person carrying capacity to 12 bottle of liquor and 12 bottles of beer. Rawat claimed that this relaxation has resulted in opening of many illegal sale points of liquor in villages. He also demanded that the government should also strike down the regulation of issuing permit for parties. Rawat said that this regulation has been misused by the officials and has spawned corruption in the department.
Monday, 04 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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