Excise Department will do this after the lockdown
Excise Department will do this after the lockdown

Shimla: Coronavirus is causing a lot of furore in the people, not only this but the death toll due to this virus is also increasing. Taking special care of this, strict rules like lockdown have been issued all over the world. Liquor contracts are closed in the state after the lockdown and curfew are implemented. The government tried to open the contracts a couple of times, but after the protest decided to keep them closed during the lockdown period. Meanwhile, despite complaints of liquor shops being closed, the Excise Department has prepared to take a tough stand on complaints of illegal sale of liquor.

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According to the information received from the sources, it has been decided in consultation with the top officials of the department that if liquor contracts are opened after the lockdown ends, then the stocks kept in their warehouses and distilleries will be checked. Sources say that from Shimla to other districts of the state, there have been alleged illegal sale of liquor from closed contracts and godowns. During this period, customers have been provided liquor secretly by charging up to three times the print rate. The state government, the Center has also clearly stated in its order to completely ban the sale of liquor. It is believed that if the sale of liquor is confirmed, then the contract or warehouse in-charge can be acted upon.

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The revenue of liquor in Himachal is Rs 18 hundred crores annually. Every day the revenue of around five crores has been on a break since the announcement of the lockdown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since the lockdown, the government has lost about 300 million rupees due to the sale of liquor. Officials say that if the lockdown continues further and there is no sale, it will be impossible to meet this loss of revenue.

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