Meet on shifting of wine shops from highways

AALO, Feb 16: A meeting was convened under the chairmanship of West Siang Deputy Commissioner, Gamli Padu with all wine shop owners on Wednesday last, as a follow-up action to implement the Supreme Court order for removal of existing liquor shops, IMFL/beer bar and bonded warehouse located within 500 meters along the National/State highways.
In his address, Padu disclosed that the DC and Superintendent of Police have been given clear instructions to enforce the order of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit in a time-bound manner. He informed that all administrative outposts have been given clear instructions to conduct such meetings to start shifting all wine shops in a time-bound manner. He further appealed to all wine shop owners to start the process of shifting to avoid closure of wine shops within stipulated date.
Superintendent of Tax and Excise, Nake Kojar also briefed in detail about the Supreme Court judgment and disclosed that 54 wine shops will be affected in West Siang distrcit.
West Siang Wine Shop Owners’ Association President, Kirdo Ete and other wine shop owners have however said that the order has hit hard the unemployed youths who are managing livelihood through bank loans to run businesses.
They further appealed for special consideration on conversion of residential building to residence-cum-commercial plot to adjust shifting of wine shop as most of the wine shops will be displaced from commercial lands.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, D W Thongon also attended the meeting. (DIPRO)

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