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Posted at: Apr 19, 2017, 1:02 AM; last updated: Apr 19, 2017, 1:02 AM (IST)

Officials in a fix over CM’s prohibition announcement

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 18

Officials of the Department of Excise yesterday remained tight-lipped about the implementation of the announcement made by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat about carrying out partial prohibition in Uttarakhand.

During the national executive meeting of the BJP in Bhubaneswar, the Chief Minister had spoken about limiting the sale of liquor for six hours and later on carrying out a complete ban on prohibition in the state.

Officials of the Department of Excise refrained from commenting on the issue, but the announcement of the Chief Minister had certainly put them in a fix. More so, when the officials are busy in drafting a new liquor policy for Uttarakhand to be implemented for the financial year 2017-2018.

Recently, the PWD had denotified several highways to ensure that liquor vends fall outside the ambit of the Supreme Court’s highway ruling.

However, liquor vends relocating to newer places have earned the ire of women as most of these fall in the vicinity of colonies, leading to large-scale protests.

According to the announcement made by the Chief Minister, in the first phase liquor will be sold from 3 pm to 9 pm, to be followed by total prohibition. Party sources claim that the official announcement is likely to be made on the day the BJP completes one month in office in the state.

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