Those who have fixed marriages in their families long ago for July 10, 11 and 14, are all set to face tough times as district election officer (DEO) has banned the sale and consumption of liquor on these three days in Dasuya and an area within five kilometres of the town.
This has been done as by-election in Dasuya assembly constituency is scheduled to be held on July 11 while counting of votes will be done on July 14.
In a meeting held with excise officials in the recent past, the deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer Deepinder Singh had asked them to keep a strict vigil on the entry and consumption of liquor in the constituency.
“There will be the complete ban on sale and consumption of liquor on all three days. On other days also, during election proceedings, if liquor is to be consumed at marriage parties and functions, excise officials would send a copy of permission granted to the district election office,” he said.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, the DEO also said that excise officials had been directed to keep a check on home-brewed illicit liquor, especially in semi-hilly areas of the constituency. “Besides these, the excise department will keep an eye on the sale of liquor by the vendors on the basis of paper slips, a very common practice during election days. Directives have been issued to cancel the licences of vendors found indulging in such wrong-doings,” the DC revealed.
Several teams of excise officials have been constituted to check the consumption of liquor during election days.
The excise and Taxation officer has been deployed as nodal officer and he has been asked to send a detailed report on Annexure 22 about all types of liquor entering the Dasuya constituency to the DEO, state excise department and election expenses observer by taking records from specially set up checkpoints for the purpose, he further added.
“For comparisons and noting the fluctuations, if any, the officers have been asked to depend upon the previous year's statistics pertaining to same period,” the DEO said.