Keep getting threat calls, says man behind SC ban on liquor

Keep getting threat calls, says man behind SC ban on liquor

Sudhakaran further said the government would seek three months' time to implement the Supreme Court order banning sale of liquor near highways. One suggestion doing the rounds is that the central government is likely to denotify, for official purposes, the national highways so that the Supreme Court order would be rendered virtually null and void. The state excise department officials said they are now busy with implementing the apex court decision.

A decision about this was arrived at a meeting chaired my chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday morning. Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampalli Surendran said the Supreme Court's order will "wreck" his sector in the state.

Carrasco said that bars and restaurants are worst affected by the SC order as owners have invested over a crore of rupees on their premises.

According to the National Crime Record Bureau's (NCRB) Accidental and Suicidal Deaths in India (2015) report, drunken driving caused 2% of 1,48,707 road accident deaths in 2015.

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The Chattisgarh government has planned a 11 member committee headed by Ashok Agrawal, Secretary, Commercial Taxes department to study the excise policy of other states where liquor is banned or is being sold under its supervision. However, Rajasthan and some other states have found ways to circumvent the order partially by denotifying state highways to urban roads.

Excise Commissioner Menino D'Souza has said that around 3,200 liquor vendors in Goa have been served notice by the Commission. Speaking about her Lok Sabha constituency Chandigarh, she pointed out scores of local youth got employment in five-star hotels like the Taj and the Marriott, which are among those affected by the top court's order. In Jharkhand, the state government has begun a crackdown on liquor shops.

The trade in just the western region would suffer losses of Rs35,000 crore due to the ban, said Dilip Datwani, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India.

Besides, the excise department will also issue a notification to provide relief to the establishments serving liquor that falls within 220 metres in areas where the population is less than 20,000.