EXCISE DEPT GEARS UP FOR ELECTIONS
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.