The Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) on Sunday criticised the Raje government for allegedly promoting liquor consumption.
RPCC vice-president Archana Sharma alleged that in the name of making liquor shops “composite”, the state government has increased the number of liquor shops in cities and towns in past one year. If this was not enough, the government has also approved the online sale of liquor, she added. As a result, Sharma said, the 8pm deadline of liquor sale rule made by the previous Congress government is being violated openly.
The Congress leader alleged that by promoting liquor, the government has also increased the limit of liquor one could keep at home as stock, due to which cases of domestic violence has also gone up. “It has come to notice that the state government is bounding liquor sellers to increase their sale by 20% from the previous set limit. A provision has also been made under which if a seller is unable to achieve the target, a special fee will be imposed as monetary fine,” she said. Citing that liquor is a curse, Sharma said the state government’s policy is unethical and against the provisions of the constitution as it is promoting liquor consumption. It may be mentioned here that the Rajasthan high court has sought explanation from the state government and the excise department for increasing the liquor sale target this year by 20% in comparison to the last year.