Liquor traders de­mand re­newal of li­cences

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - LUCKNOW -

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

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