Total 410 vends checked across the state, 83 found flouting the prescribed norms
Chandigarh: The state excise and taxation department on Wednesday conducted surprise checking at 410 liquor vends across the state with a view to ensure strict compliance of provisions of state excise policy regarding observance of timings of liquor vends and to check sale of liquor to minors.
During this drive, as many as 83 liquor vends in different districts were found flouting the instructions and provisions of excise policy to whom notices have been issued for reply by tomorrow. Disclosing this, an official spokesman said the operation was launched on the directions of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also excise and taxation minister.
The department had constituted various raiding parties comprising officers who conducted surprise checking at 410 liquor shops during early morning from 6 am to 9 am before scheduled opening of vends, as learnt. The teams found 83 vends opened before the scheduled time (9 am).
Giving more details the spokesman informed that a total of 31 liquor vends in Ludhiana violated the norms whereas 13 in Patiala, 4 each in Muktsar and Hoshiarpur, two each in Bathinda, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Mohali, Rupnagar, Moga and Kapurthala, three in Jalandhar, five in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, seven in Sangrur and one each in Pathankot and Gurdaspur were found opened before the prescribed time.
The spokesman said that strict action would be initiated as per the excise policy against the delinquent liquor vendors opening their shops before stipulated time. He warned that more checking would also be conducted in future so as the vendors should adhere to the policy norms.
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