IN THE face of stiff all-round opposition, the State Government today beat a hasty retreat on the controversial decision to allow sale of country liquor in villages through charging Rs 25 per day licence fee.
The Youth Congress today held a demonstration in front of Commercial Tax Minister Babulal Gaur’s residence, seeking immediate withdrawal of the decision.
However, the government has given credit for withdrawal of the decision to “BJP leaders, women and other citizens in public interest”.
Babulal Gaur announced immediate ban on providing licence to sell country-made liquor at Rs 25 per day under the State Excise Policy.
He said that the Cabinet sub-committee would review the decision under which a villager was allowed, with prior permission from the Sarpanch, to purchase 25 litre of liquor (250 ml x 100 units) from liquor outlets by paying a licence fee of Rs 25 per day for sale in village.
The decision was taken with a view to discouraging sale of illicit and spurious liquor in villages and also to enhance excise revenue.
Meanwhile, MP Youth Congress staged a demonstration against Gaur today. Condemning the decision, Youth Congress alleged that the decision was part of a conspiracy to provide benefit to liquor mafias.
In its memorandum to the Governor, the Youth Congress said that the State Government is insensitive towards day-to-day problems of people and has failed to redress basic issues like water supply, electricity, health and education. The Youth Congress handed over the memorandum to the additional district magistrate.