With the problem of alcohol consumption increasing among the youth,the Punjab government has decided to enforce the legal age of 25 years strictly from now on.
Though according to Section 29 of the Excise Act,people below 25 can neither purchase nor consume liquor,this rule was never implemented properly by the state government earlier.
It is easy to find youngsters,below 25 years,consuming liquor openly in public places like hotels and restaurants.
As per the new directions of the government,a notice board mentioning the age limit would have to be placed not only at liquor vends but also joints and restaurants where alcohol is served.
After receiving a letter in this regard by the state government,the Excise department has issued notices to owners of liquor vends,hotels and restaurants where liquor is sold and served.
If alcohol is sold to a person less then 25 years,action will be taken against the seller. In case of doubt,the seller can ask for age proof such as the driving licence or voter I-card, said a senior excise officer.
It may be noted that in 2006,the then Deputy Commissioner of Nawanshahr,Krishan Kumar,had passed an order that liquor vends would not sell liquor to anyone without recording the age proof of the buyer and no one would be allowed to purchase more than two bottles at a time,except if a licence from the competent authority of the Excise and Taxation department,has been procured. This was the first time in the state that such an order had been issued under Section 144 of the CrPC.