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04 May, 2006

Intake on a high as UT says cheers to vends

Chandigarh Newsline
CHANDIGARH, MAY 3: WHILE the Supreme Court is concerned over the rise in liquor consumption among youngsters and has urged them to go slow, the Administration seems to be doing just the opposite: encouraging the sale of liquor with more vends in UT than ever before.
        Delivering a recent judgment, the two-judge bench of Justice S B Sinha and Justice P K Balasubramanyan had observed why the state should encourage liquor trade against the spirit of Article 47 of the Constitution.
        But many in UT, and not necessarily constitutional experts, said the Administration is encouraging consumption of liquor in the UT. According to them, the new excise policy, which came into effect on April 1 and replaced the auction system with the license system, has increased the number of liquor vends from 78 to 157. ...
        ... Former BJP MP Satya Pal Jain said liquor trade needed to be regulated in UT as it is "spoiling" the city. ...