2748 country liquor shops to vend IMFL too

Decision to fetch Rs 6,600cr additional revenue

CM’s announcement on not opening new liquor shops nullified

BHOPAL:Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has been repeatedly announcing that not a single new liquor shop will be opened across the state but the latest amendment in the new excise policy by the state government has virtually nullified the impact of the embargo. The state cabinet in its meeting held on Monday, amended excise policy for the fiscal year 2014- 15, permitted 2748 liquor shops, selling country made liquor, to now sell foreign liquor too. As many as 937 shops, selling foreign

2748 country liquor shops to vend IMFL too

liquor, are already running in the state. The decision will generate a whopping sum of Rs 6600 crore as revenue to the state exchequer and make English liquor available even in villages. Chauhan, in the meeting, issued directives to strictly observe the rules related to not opening liquor shops near schools and religious places. Chauhan also said that if residents make complaint against any liquor shop then it should be considered seriously.

The decision of state government will lead to increase in shops selling foreign liquor. The decision has come as an example of gap between words and action as Chauhan himself is discouraging consumption of liquor.

GUJARAT IS DR

There is complete ban on consumption of liquor in Gujarat, a BJP ruled state, led by Narendra Modi government. The state government’s decision is also contradictory to the policy made by Modi in Gujarat, who has also been made as prime ministerial candidate by the BJP.

Supplementary budget of around Rs 5000 crore

The second supplementary budget in the state would be of around Rs 5000 crore. The cabinet also gave its sanction to supplementary budget and now it would be tabled in the assembly for its approval. The fund initially allocated to some departments has been exhausted. These departments, which were expecting budget prior to assembly elections, have got the developmental works done and they need money to make payments.

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