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Liquor licence order withdrawn

Written by: Staff
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Bhopal, June 29 : Bowing to public demand, the Madhya Pradesh government has withdrawn the order to grant licence for retail trade of country made liquor in villages on a licence fee of Rs 25 per day.

Announcing this, Commercial Tax Minister Babulal Gaur said the decision was taken in 'public interest' on the request of BJP leaders, women and other citizens. He, however, said the cabinet sub-committee on liquor policy would review the decision and the licence suspension would remain in force till it was reviewed.

Under the policy for retail trade of country made liquor in villages, licences were issued to individuals on the recommendation of Gram Panchayat Sarpanch on a fee of Rs 25 per day for selling upto 100 bottles of 250 ml each.

Mr Gaur said such licences were issued at the level of Gram Panchayats having no government liquor shops and to check sale of illicit and spurious liquor.

He directed the Excise officials to henceforth stop issuing such licences and launch an intensive drive to check manufacture and sale of illicit liquor.

Mr Gaur favoured discouraging liquor consumption and claimed the government had not opened any new liquor shop since December, 2003.

Meanwhile, Youth Congress workers staged a demonstration here yesterday protesting allotment of liquor shops in villages on a licence fee of Rs 25 per day.

UNI

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