Such an order will be detrimental to anti drug campaign, Sampla.
Punjab Government decision to de-notify by-pass stretches of seven state highways, five national highways and five under construction national highways is an attempt to defeat Supreme Court’s order banning liquor sale along state and national highways, said Vijay Sampla State president Bharatiya Janata Party Punjab.
Acting under the pressure of Liquor Lobby, CM Punjab Captain Amarinder is even going contrary to his own cabinet’s Excise Policy for the year 2017-18, which decided to bring down the number of liquor vends from 6384 to around 5900, and banned operation of all liquor vends within 500 meters from National and State Highways.
Double speak of Punjab Government to bring liquor consumption down by 50% in five years stands exposed when on one side in the new excise policy for the current financial year Captain Govt reduced quota of country liquor from 10.10 crore proof litres to 8.70 crore proof litres i.e. by 14% and the quota of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) from 4.73 crore proof litres to 3.80 crore proof litres i.e. by 20% and on the other side the order to de-notify by-pass stretches will result in increase of the sales.
De-addiction experts opine that Liquor is gateway to synthetic drugs, so, such a move will be detrimental to Punjab Govt’s anti drug campaign, concluded Sampla.