Liqour vends around schools, religious places: Haryana to conduct survey
The state will also submit a report to high court by May 26 on the outcome of the survey.india Updated: Apr 20, 2017 21:21 IST
The Haryana government will carry out a statewide survey to check whether there are any liquor vends located in the vicinity of religious places and educational institutions.
The assurance in this regard was given by state excise and taxation commissioner Shyamal Misra, during the resumed hearing of a contempt petition alleging functioning of such vends in a Kaithal village. The state will also submit a report to high court by May 26 on the outcome of the survey.
As per the state’s excise policy, license for retail liquor outlet is granted for establishing vends at locations situated at a distance of not less than 150 metre from the main gate of school/college and a place of worship. The distance can be relaxed to 75 metre on the recommendations of the deputy excise and taxation commissioner.
The petitioner Mahipal had alleged that certain liquor vends are located near the schools and religious places in Rajound village and they need to be shifted elsewhere since they are functioning in violation of the state excise policy 2016-17. He had also filed a public interest litigation (PIL) on the same in September 2016, however, no action was taken by the authorities. The PIL was disposed off with direction to state to act in accordance with the state’s excise policy.
Upon notice on the contempt petition of Kaithal resident in February 2017, the excise and taxation department had admitted that two such liquor vends were found in the village and were now being shifted out of the banned area. It was during these proceedings that high court had asked Misra whether the policy of not giving licenses to liquor vends in the vicinity of schools and religious places was being followed across the state.
Misra, in response to the court’s query, had referred to the state’s excise policy, which prohibits functioning of liquor vends from in the vicinity of educational institutions and religious places. However, seeing court’s tough stance, assured that a survey would be conducted.