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Rajasthan govt hikes penalty for public consumption of liquor

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 20:40

Jaipur: Rajasthan Government has decided to increase the penalty for consuming liquor at public places from existing Rs 50 to Rs 500 for first time violation.

If a person is found drinking at public places subsequently, he will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000, according to the state`s new excise policy, 2014-15.

The government has also decided under the policy that a special campaign for awareness against liquor will be run in the state. The government will allocate 0.1 per cent (minimum Rs 10 crore) of the total excise revenue for the campaign.

The policy was announced yesterday. The government has kept closing time of liquor shops unchanged (8 PM). The policy also empowers villages and wards for deciding on continuing or closure of a liquor shop in their respective areas.
"If 20 per cent residents of a village or ward demand closure of a liquor shop in their area, a proposal will be moved for a referendum, and if it gets 51 per cent or more votes in its favour, the shop will be closed from the next fiscal year," a police statement said.
An effective action plan will be made to check illegal liquor smuggling from neighbouring states. The new policy, besides several provisions for regulation, also addresses issues like lack of vehicles for excise squads.

First Published: Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 20:40

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