After the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has all of a sudden become more serious about public issues. On Friday, a delegation of BJP leaders led by district president Parveen Bansal submitted a memorandum to deputy excise and taxation commissioner Amrit Kaur Gill regarding changes in the liquor policy.
“When Gujarat can do record development despite being a dry state, why can’t Punjab? Why is our focus on collecting revenue through sale of liquor, licence fee of liquor vends and so on? We need to study the social aspects as well,” said Bansal.
He added, “There is a vend after 10 or 20 metres on many roads of Ludhiana. Drinking places are in abundance. While we are getting serious about drug mafia, we also need to see the rising problems due to rising liquor vends. These are also equally serious problems as drug mafia is.”
Bansal said that they submitted the memorandum to be given to Punjab excise and taxation commissioner Anurag Verma. They would also be meeting Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
In the memorandum, the BJP said there should be no vends in the residential area. On roads less than 50 feet wide, there should be no vend and on roads less than 70 feet wide, there should be no drinking places. At present, vends can be opened at a minimum distance of 50 metres from a religious place or school. The BJP wants it to be 200 metres as it was in the old excise policy.
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Bansal added, “There is another diktat of excise policy that during marriages, the host is supposed to buy liquor from the vends located in the area where the marriage resort is existing after procuring a licence. This is ridiculous. They should be free to buy liquor from anywhere in the city after getting licence.”