EX­CISE DEPT GEARS UP FOR ELEC­TIONS

Deccan Chronicle - - POLITICS - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT HY­DER­ABAD, OCT. 13

Ahead of elec­tions, the Ex­cise De­part­ment is gear­ing up with re­stric­tions for the sale of liquor and closely mon­i­tor­ing its flow. In­spec­tion cen­tres are be­ing set up at the bor­ders of the State to curb the il­le­gal move­ment of liquor dur­ing elec­tions, in­formed Ex­cise De­part­ment of­fi­cials af­ter a meet­ing held by Ex­cise and Pro­hi­bi­tion De­part­ment on Sat­ur­day.

The meet­ing was held to once again go over the in­struc­tions to en­sure free, fair and peace­ful elec­tions.

In ad­di­tion to keep­ing an eye on al­co­hol sales in trou­bled ar­eas, the de­part­ment has de­cided to set up CC cam­eras in ev­ery store. It has or­dered ev­ery liquor store, to set up spe­cial reg­is­ters on sales and avoid sale of al­co­hol in large quan­ti­ties. Al­co­hol sales have recorded an in­crease of 11.5 per­cent since April.

The Ex­cise De­part­ment has said that buses and other ve­hi­cles will be closely in­spected and bind over cases will be filed against re­peat of­fend­ers. Strin­gent ac­tion will be taken if sit­u­a­tions try­ing to in­flu­ence vot­ers are cre­ated. Mea­sures for pre­vent­ing drug traf­fick­ing have also been sug­gested.

As many as 90 assem­bly of­fi­cials across the State in­clud­ing State Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Mr Ra­jat Ku­mar, DGP Mr Ma­hen­der Reddy and Ex­cise In-charge Com­mis­sioner Mr Somesh Ku­mar par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing.

In­spec­tion cen­tres are be­ing set up at the bor­ders of the state to curb the il­le­gal move­ment of liquor dur­ing up­com­ing elec­tions.

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