Chhattisgarh: Baghel reports report of study team formed in Raman government rejecting prohibition

The Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up a new study group by rejecting the report of the former government study group regarding the prohibition of alcoholism.

State Food and Civil Supplies and Transport Minister Mohammad Akbar said at a press conference here on Tuesday that several important decisions were taken at the Council of Ministers meeting headed by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

Akbar said that the Council of Ministers has decided to dismiss the report of the then 11-member study group of the commercial-tax department for prohibition of liquor prohibition and constitute a new study group.

The Minister said that the new study team will give its report within two months to the state government.
Akbar said that the former government had formed a 11-member study team. In this group, the MP, MLA, Excise Department officials and social workers were. The team visited different states.

He said that the study team had recommended that the boundaries of Chhattisgarh state connect with Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Telangana, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. In all these states, prohibition of alcoholism is not applicable. Therefore, keeping in view the condition of tribal multiplied areas in the state and the situation of neighboring states, the excise policy should be decided.

The committee has said in the recommendation that after studying the excise policy of different states, the committee has come to the conclusion that it is not appropriate to fully adopt the policy of any state. Because the geographical, social and economic conditions of Chhattisgarh state are different. Keeping this situation in mind, it is advisable to reduce the consumption of alcohol in the state, respectively.
The committee has recommended that the establishment of rehabilitation centers should be considered for reducing the addiction of drug addiction.

The committee has recommended to end the sale of country liquor in a health-conscious manner and to promote the production and availability of foreign liquor.

Minister Akbar said that the Council of Ministers considered the report of the study team of the Department of Commercial Tax (Excise) as prohibitive for liquor ban. In this regard, a new study group will now be constituted.

The ruling Congress party had said in its manifesto before the election that the Congress government will be imposing a full ban on the sale of liquor in the state. In the Scheduled Areas like Bastar and Sargja, the Gram Sabha will have the right to prohibit liquor.