Gujrat will maintain it’s “dry state” status
Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Friday declared that the Prohibition Law on liquor would proceed, regardless of how much of the state’s income is lost. The Dy CM attested that the state-wide prohibition on the deal and acquisition of alcohol was important to maintain ‘security, peace, and law and order’ in the state.
Nitin Patel said that the Vijay Rupani Government was ‘unflinching’ about maintaining the Prohibition Law on liquor regardless of how much income must be lost from the exercise duty. He additionally referred to the tradition of Gujarat, saying that the state had a place with stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Notice that the National Prohibition was unequivocally upheld by Mahatma Gandhi as well.
Nitin Patel said, “It is the inheritance and legacy of the Gujarat that had a place with Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Different states can procure as much income as they do on account of the free offer of alcohol, however not Gujarat.”
“No matter how much revenue has to be lost, including that from the excise tax, Gujarat will stick to the ban on alcohol,” he said. “The ban is being strictly enforced and in cases where a large quantity of liquor is seized from under the jurisdiction of any police station, a disciplinary provision like transfer and suspension of duty of the police officer concerned has also been made,” the BJP leader added.
There has been a prohibition on the offer of alcohol in Gujarat since 1960. The ‘dry state’ restricts the offer of alcohol and has just 66 government-approved alcohol shops which permit customers with ‘health permits’ or ‘group licenses’ to buy alcohol.