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03 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: In anticipation of a spurt in rising demand for liquor in the State, the Excise Department has asked districts administration to remain alert and check the sale of spurious liquor and unauthorised outlets.

In a letter to District Collectors Principal Secretary, Excise Department Nikunja Dhal has sought deployment of field level enforcement to prevent any health hazard caused due to consumption of spurious liquor and medicinal preparations.

"The Election Commission of India had reviewed the excise enforcement activities at Bhubaneswar. The Election Commissioner had expressed concern over very little enforcement to prevent sale of liquor through unauthorised outlets. Widespread sale of liquor through unauthorised outlets is also disturbing public peace and giving rise to avoidable law and order situations," Dhal noted.

The Excise Department has empowered Desigated Police Officers under various provisions of Odisha Excise Act, 2008 to act stringently against the offenders in such cases, he added.

Speaking about the matter, Excise Department Minister, Sashi Bhushan Behera said that since the elections are approaching the Government is taking preemptive steps to restrict the business of illegal sale of liquor.

"Sale of spurious liquor often leads to casualties. We are fortunate that Odisha is safe from such eventualities. We will take all adequate measures for strict enforcement," Behera added.

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Sashi Bhushan Behera, Excise Department Minister, Odisha