Liquor traders demand renewal of licences
LUCKNOW: Opposing the entry of traders from other states, the liquor traders have demanded the state government to abolish the policy of allotment of shops through lottery system.
They alleged that people from other states are able to get shops here through this system while UP traders are not entertained in other states. They also want renewal of licenses of all the existing 28,000 shops on the pattern of other states.
In a meeting organised at a city hotel on Thursday, the liquor traders demanded a strategy for renewal of licenses.
General secretary of Lucknow Sharab Association Kanhaiyya Lal Maurya said, “Around 20 lakh families are directly or indirectly associated with this trade. However, if the outsiders from other states get involved, it would result in unemployment of local labourers and local traders. We have information that the government is planning to hold lottery and this has opened the doors for the traders from states like Uttarakhand, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra to compete in the bidding of shops in the state.”
He said the association demands renewal of licenses of all the shops for year 2018-19 as they have given maximum revenue to the state. The traders decided to meet all the officials concerned to put their point forward.
LOCAL TRADERS FEEL THAT IF THE OUTSIDERS FROM OTHER STATES GET INVOLVED, IT WOULD RESULT IN THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT