Jabalpur: Government’s liberal excise policy for 2022-23 challenged in High Court

The state government had issued a notification for the excise arrangement (policy) for financial year 2022-23 on January 21.

FP News ServiceUpdated: Sunday, February 06, 2022, 01:39 AM IST
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Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur |

Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh): A writ petition was filed in the High Court on Saturday challenging certain provisions of the state government's excise policy for 2022-23 announced recently.

A social organisation Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch had filed the petition. The petition claimed some items, like composite shops having country-made and foreign liquor, relocation of existing shops, allowing sale of liquor in supermarkets, etc were in violation of Constitutional provisions.

The state government had issued a notification for the excise arrangement (policy) for financial year 2022-23 on January 21.

Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch president Dr. PG Najpandey said that Article 47 of the Constitution lays down that the state should endeavour to bring about prohibition of consumption of intoxicating drinks and drugs that were injurious to health, except for medicinal purposes.

"The excise arrangement allows sale of liquor in select supermarkets in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Gwalior, while there is no provision for rural areas. The excise policy also violates provisions of the MP Excise Act and Food Safety and Standards Act," Najpandey said.

The new policy has proposed a reduction in alcohol prices by 20 per cent to increase sales and mop up more revenue. It has also allowed liquor sales in all airports and select supermarkets in four big cities, while home bar licences can be obtained by people having an annual income of over Rs 1 crore.

(With inputs from PTI)

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