Wednesday, 25 April, 2018
Update
   Self-styled Godman Asaram Bapu sentenced to life imprisonment until death   Robbery at Quepem market, four shops looted; Police and Dog Squad at site, estimated loss not known; investigation on   Demolition drive underway at Mapusa with Police protection, 40 shops build over nallah to be demolished.   HC dismisses SWPL expansion plea   HSSCE results to be declared on April 28   Sanguem PSI’s video kicking boy goes viral; gets transfer   Margao RP meet: Cong undecided on support   @ Price 20 for 3, it’s not the right time for limes!   Casino case: Mickky pleads for discharge

Goa Liquor Traders seek relief for entire state under SC order

23rd March 2018, 02:03 Hrs

the goan I network
PANAJI
The President of Goa Liquor Traders Association, Dattaprasad Naik, has said that his association is hoping that the state government will give relief to liquor vendors in the entire state under the Supreme Court’s (SC) February order.  
Through its February order, the apex court has allowed the state government to decide whether ban on sale of alcohol within 500 meters from national and state highways should be imposed or not on areas, which are either too close to municipal areas or are sufficiently developed. 
In simple words, the ball is entirely in the state government’s court now to decide exactly which areas in Goa will get the benefit of lifting of the ban on sale of alcohol within 500 meters from the highways in the next financial year, 2018-19.
As it is, the ban is not applicable to highways going through municipal areas.  
Naik said, “After the latest SC order was issued, our association approached the Excise Commissioner and had detailed discussions with him on this issue. The Excise Commissioner has sent the file to the state government to classify which areas of the state can get relief under the apex court’s latest order.” 
“Since Goa is a developed state and no area along the highways is backward, we think liquor licenses in entire state can get relief from ban on sale of alcohol within 500 meters of highways. Along the highways, whether from Patradevi to Polem or Vasco to Mollem, Goa is a developed state. Therefore, relief can be given to the entire state,” Naik concluded. 
The SC through its original order in December 2016 had banned the sale of alcohol within 500 meters of national and state highways across the country. Subsequent to that, a number of states made representations and the court gave relief on its original order several times.  
The latest relief was given in February this year when the apex court has allowed the state governments to decide for themselves whether the ban should continue or not in certain areas.  
The Goan Everyday, in its March 21 edition, had reported that 20 liquor license-holders from Porvorim have already approached the excise department to get relief.  

Top News

ANOTHER SELF-PROCLAIMED GODMAN IN JAIL

Asaram Bapu sentenced to life-imprisonment until death Read more

Four shops looted at Quepem Market

Estimated loss unknown, police investigation on. Read more

Demolition drive at Mapusa

40 shops build illegally on nallah to be demolished Read more

HC dismisses SWPL expansion plea

Says SWPL can approach National Green Tribunal against decision of MoEF Read more