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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:45 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:45 AM (IST)

Liquor auction: Excise Dept steps in to open five shops

Our Correspondent

UNA, APRIL 20

After the Supreme Court ban on the sale of liquor on state and national highways, the auction of liquor vends in the district could not materialise. The district has remained dry during the last 19 days.

The district Excise and Taxation Department has written to the Collector of Excise at Palampur to give temporary approval to activate sales in five liquor vends in the district.

It is learnt that the five vends are likely to be functional tomorrow.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Ujjwal Singh Rana said the places earmarked by the department for sale of liquor in the first phase on a temporary basis were Nangal Khurd in Haroli, Ajnoli and Chattarpur Dhada in Una, Andaura in Amb and Chowki Maniar in Bangana.

He said 10 class-four employees, drawn from toll barriers and other offices, had been deputed for sale of liquor in two shifts, while the Excise Inspectors would be responsible for collection of daily sale proceeds.

Prior to the Supreme Court order, 94 liquor vends were functional in the district.

After the orders became effective, only 22 vends fulfilled the criteria. The Excise Department organised open auctions for 22 vends, but the process could not materialise.

The Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner said Himachal Pradesh Breweries Ltd was being roped in for making all 22 vends operational on outsourcing basis, but till the process was finalised, the department would have to go in for direct sales in 22 vends.

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