Haryana shuts down liquor vends from midnight amid India lockdown

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: March 26, 2020 11:56:45 pm

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The auction of liquor vends for the next financial year has also been put on hold and shall only be done once the 21-day lockdown period gets over. (File)

TWO DAYS after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Haryana government on Thursday announced the shutting down of all liquor vends in the state from midnight.

Sources said that Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Singh Chautala, who is also the state’s excise minister, chaired a meeting of the excise department Thursday and took the decision to shut down all liquor vends.

As the news of the move went viral on social media Thursday evening, liquor vend operators began clearing stocks, loaded them in vehicles and took them away.

In the past few days, the state government had faced much criticism for keeping liquor vends open while many struggled to procure essential commodities during the lockdown period. During his digital press conference Tuesday, Khattar had, while justifying his government’s decision to keep liquor vends open, said, “Shutting the liquor vends will have repercussions (dushprabhav). Thus, the government was ensuring that if people want to come to the vend and make purchase, they can do so but crowd formation at such vends should be avoided”.

The auction of liquor vends for the next financial year has also been put on hold and shall only be done once the 21-day lockdown period gets over.

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