Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal-Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to put an end to the business of illegal liquor. Strict action should be taken against the illegal liquor mafia and the business should be totally abolished. The Divisional Commissioners, Inspector Generals of Police, Collectors, Superintendents of Police and Excise Officers will be held responsible for the sale of illegal liquor and losses.
Chief Minister Chouhan was addressing divisional commissioners, I.G. Police, Collectors, Superintendents of Police and Excise Officers through video conference. Home Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Commercial Tax and Finance Minister Jagdish Deora, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Director General of Police Vivek Johri, Additional Chief Secretary Home Dr. Rajesh Rajaura and other concerned officials were present in the meeting.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that under no circumstances should incidents like sale of illegal, adulterated and poisonous liquor and loss of lives in Ujjain and Morena districts be repeated anywhere in the state. The state government has taken serious note of the incidents of liquor deaths in both the districts.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that strict and effective action should be taken against all types of mafia. Appropriate action has been taken in many districts of the state. Districts and officers and employees will be rewarded for the good performance. On the contrary, strict punishment will be given for negligence.
Chief Minister Chouhan instructed that action on large mafia groups should be on priority. Neither big nor small mafia should be spared. The mafia must be hit at the roots to eliminate the adulteration and illicit liquor trade. Information and intelligence systems of every district should be further developed and strengthened. Officials should be fully informed about the sources of illicit liquor manufacture, sources from where it is supplied and where it is sold.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that the main source of illegal liquor trade must be tapped in cases of illicit liquor. Action should be taken by identifying persons involved in the production and sale of illicit liquor. The SDMs and S.D.O.P.s must take meetings of sarpanchs and sachivs of gram panchayats and apprise them with the ill effects of illicit liquor. The general public must also be made aware.
Similarly, people involved in illegal liquor trade in colonies and villages should be identified and strict punitive action as per rules should be taken against them. Joint teams of officers from the Police, Food, Drug Administration, Revenue and Excise Department should constantly work in a well planned manner for the effective prevention of adulteration and sale of illicit liquor. It should be ensured that liquor is not sold at a price higher than the price fixed by the government. Kotwars, Sarpanchs, Panchayat Secretaries should ensure that there illicit liquor is neither manufactured nor sold in their areas. If any case of sale of illegal liquor is noticed, the police and Excise Department officials should be immediately informed.
In the meeting it was informed that necessary amendments are needed in the Excise Policy. Chief Minister Chouhan said that the amendments should be made after considering the requirements and suggestions received. He said that action against mafias in the state has received widespread public support and the state government’s actions have been lauded by the public representatives.
It was informed that there are four licensed liquor shops in Madhya Pradesh for a population of one lakh. Rajasthan has 17 licensed liquor shops, 21 in Maharashtra and 12 in Uttar Pradesh for a population of one lakh. The number of licensed liquor shops, price of liquor, filling vacancies of officers and employees in police and excise departments, requirement of vehicles etc. were also seriously considered in the high level meeting.