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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

UP excise department orders crackdown on sale of overpriced liquor

During the Bahujan Samaj Party rule from 2007 to 2012, when a particular group enjoyed a monoply, liquor sellers would overcharge customers anywhere between Rs 5 to Rs 25 over and above the price mentioned.

lucknow Updated: Sep 26, 2019 23:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
The excise department’s intent to control the liquor mafia was also made clear at the meeting.
The excise department’s intent to control the liquor mafia was also made clear at the meeting.(Bloomberg Photo/Representative Image)
         

: The state excise department on Thursday issued orders to check overpricing of liquor in Uttar Pradesh. The step was taken after a high-level departmental review meeting chaired by excise minister Ram Naresh Agnihotri.

Different governments in the state have grappled with the problem of sale of overpriced liquor for nearly a decade or more.

“Let’s be clear. Overrating of liquor won’t be tolerated at any cost. In case this is reported, strict action would be initiated,” said Sanjay Bhoosreddy, principal secretary, excise, signalling a crackdown on such unscrupulous sellers. 

An excise department official said that now it had been made mandatory for liquor sellers to display rates. In most shops, the phone numbers where people could inform if they were made to pay more had also been displayed.

“Yet, it can’t be said with full confidence that things are okay across the state. But the intent to set things right is there,” said the officer.  

The excise department’s intent to control the liquor mafia was also made clear at the meeting.

A whopping 9.29 lakh litre of illegal liquor has been seized in the state till August, the UP excise department officials shared at the departmental review meeting chaired by Agnihotri.

As many as 357 vehicles used to smuggle illegal liquor were also been seized and 1857 accused have been sent to jail over the last one year in the state, the minister was informed.

Bhoosreddy said at the review meeting that against 13749 cases over the same period last year, this year, till August as many as 20054 cases were registered.