BHOPAL: Proposal to open liquor shops will be included in the excise policy being prepared for 2020-21. Such shops will be given to liquor contractors in the name of sub-shops.
The excise department prepared a draft of the new excise policy and sent it to Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday. He will discuss about it with the officials concerned on Saturday.
The excise policy may be implemented without discussion in the cabinet.
The government will, however, get it ratified by the cabinet later. Proposal for opening of sub-shops has been included in the policy which has been recently brought.
Once the permission is given to the liquor contractors, new shops will start functioning in the state.
According to sources, handing over of such shops to a group in the district has not been included in the draft of the new policy.
There is, however, no change in the policy of liquor shop allotment to stop only one group from ruling the district.
There will be a provision in the policy for allotting liquor shops through tenders.
Besides the above, several other provisions are being added to the policy, that the government’s income may increase.
The Chief Minister will not change the previous government’s decision to shut liquor shops on the banks of the Narmada.