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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 01:11 AM IST

Bhopal: Sale of local liquor at foreign wine outlets raises dust

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BHOPAL: The provision for sale of foreign wine at the shops of country-made liquor has kicked up political dust.  Criticising the provision ex-Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the government had permitted the sale of foreign liquor at country-made liquor shops and had sought permission from the Election Commission. He said public knows everything.  Chouhan claimed that he had also received such proposals for revenue generation during his tenure but he gave priority to the future of youth over increasing income of the state.

Chouhan claimed that the provision was a disastrous step and a conspiracy to divert youths in the state towards addiction.  Chouhan said Chief Minister Kamal Nath should abolish this policy. Chouhan also appealed the Election Commission to ban this policy. Following Chouhan’s opposition, the state government has come in defensive mode. Commercial tax minister Brijendra Singh Rathore said no such provision was made in the policy. He said the policy would be considered from revenue angle if renewal of liquor shops was not done. Rathore said there were many good provisions in the new Excise Policy which have been overlooked.

In the new Excise Policy, the government has made provision that if revenue from excise in district does not rise by 70 per cent then the liquor shops would be auctioned under which there was a provision of either changing country-made liquor shops to foreign liquor shops or for sale of country-made and foreign liquor together.  According to sources the provision would lead to rise in number of liquor shops. They claimed that liquor lobby is behind immediate execution of new Excise Policy.  Meanwhile, the BJP is now gearing up to make issue of the provisions of Excise Policy in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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Published on: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 09:08 AM IST
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