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Jharkhand Govt takes over liquor sale

Jharkhand beverage corporation limited (JBCL) to control the retail business of foreign liquor and beer from August 1, 2017.

ranchi Updated: Feb 22, 2017 17:34 IST
Gautam Mazumdar
Gautam Mazumdar
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Wine shop decorated for the sale of wine(HT File Photo)

The Jharkhand cabinet on Tuesday approved an excise and prohibition department’s proposal paving the way for the Jharkhand beverage corporation limited (JBCL) to control the retail business of foreign liquor and beer from August 1, 2017.

It was decided that the government will extend liquor licenses for four months till July and will not renew the licenses of private players thereafter. They will be asked to continue retail sales of foreign liquor and beer till the JBCL takes over.

The JBCL will identify the spots, open shops, place and arrange manpower to run the show.

There are about 1400 licensees in Jharkhand for foreign liquor and beer.

Customs, excise and prohibition secretary Avinash Kumar said the objective is to stop sale of spurious liquor and adulteration.

He said the JBCL will follow all statutory provisions that include no liquor shops along state and national highways, scheduled areas (panchayats having more than 50% scheduled

tribes population) etc.

The cabinet also cleared the decks for 13 smart police stations to come up in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad. The police stations are: Namkum, Jagannathpur, Kotwali, Kanke and Doranda (Ranchi), Azad Nagar, Birsa Nagar, Parsudih (Jamshedpur), Dhansar, Bank More, Sindri and Saraidhela (Dhanbad). In a significant move, the

cabinet also cleared the deck for rural piped water scheme in Littipara. The assembly segment is gearing up for by-election after the death of former JMM legislator Anil Murmu. The cabinet approved Rs 217.51 crore for the scheme.

It also approved a hike (double the amount) in funds for mid day meal scheme for the students of SC/ST residential schools run by welfare department, besides increase in the amount sanctioned for dresses, school kits and medicine.

The cabinet approved Rs 50.09 crore to the women self help groups to increase egg production by integrated poultry development scheme.

Honorarium of retired teachers appointed on contracts to teach students in PG departments and colleges has also been hiked. A teacher will get maximum of Rs 36,000 per month at the rate of Rs 600 per class (maximum four classes a day).

It also sanctioned Rs 119.33 crore for Jharkhand urban planning management institute in Ranchi besides Rs 30.98 crore for Deoghar nagar panchayat building and Rs 47.99 crore for renovation of Ranchi municipal corporation building.

Decks were cleared to electrify households in Latehar, Palamu and Garhwa under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Granmeen Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) by JBVNL. The villages were left over by IVRCL, the company that has been black listed.

Cabinet also okayed dairy plants in Deoghar and Palamu; a milk production unit at Hotwar (Ranchi) on which Rs 86 crore will be spent.

First Published: Feb 22, 2017 17:34 IST