Liquor shops was allowed to open in Delhi from Monday, Haryana, to open liquor shops from Wednesday. It was also stated that the guidelines issued by the central government would be taken into account. After ensuring a minimum of six feet of social distance with a maximum of five persons at a time, the sale of liquor, pan, and tobacco will be allowed, but all the rules were blown away as soon as the shops opened. There was a long queue outside the shops. Neither social distances were followed, nor safety standards were adopted. Seeing the crowds at the liquor shops, the lion of Nida Fazali remembers, everything is not left, let’s drink alcohol somewhere. After the completion of two phases of the lockdown, the liquor shops were crowded with drunkards. Even people were unaware of the danger of the coronavirus. It seemed that people were sitting at home so much that they began to remember alcohol. In Delhi, liquor shops were allowed to be opened from Monday, Haryana, to open liquor shops from Wednesday.
It was also stated that the guidelines issued by the central government would be taken into account. After ensuring a minimum of six feet of social distance with a maximum of five persons at a time, the sale of liquor, pan, and tobacco will be allowed, but all the rules were blown away as soon as the shops opened. There was a long queue outside the shops. Neither social distances were followed, nor safety standards were adopted. The same thing happened in other states of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh. When people were looking to buy four or four bottles instead of a bottle of need, the state governments also took advantage of it and announced a massive hike in taxes. First, Andhra Pradesh announced an additional surcharge of 25 percent. Even after the congestion did not come down, the tax was increased from 25 to 75 percent. The Delhi government also made liquor 70 percent costlier. Because of the overcrowding at liquor shops, two states of Punjab and Chhattisgarh have also prepared home delivery of liquor.
It is decided that the state governments are anxious to sell liquor in any case. The policy of the States clearly shows that they are resorting to alcohol to meet the revenue deficit incurred during the lockdown. A sight was also seen in the capital city of Delhi. One person started to make flowers on those who bought alcohol. When the reason was asked, he said that the government does not have the money, and the liquor buyers are supporting the economy of the country. Liquor is indeed the biggest source of revenue for the state governments. Therefore, the state governments are looking for a source of income from this item every year. That was the reason why when the Supreme Court ordered a ban on the sale of liquor up to 500 meters of national and state highways; many states converted highways into tehsil routes as per convenience. What is ironic is that governments are assuming alcohol as a medium of development. While the bitter truth is that alcohol has pushed the younger generation into a trough.
There are more than five lakh road accidents in the country every year due to liquor, in which more than one lakh people lose their lives. As far as the development of alcohol is there, look at Mahatma Gandhi’s home state, Gujarat. From 1960, when Gujarat was made a new state by separating it from Maharashtra, the temperance is in force. Neither shops nor liquor are being allowed in the state. Nevertheless, Gujarat is the most advanced state in the country. Other State Governments have to concentrate on other resources, not liquor, to generate revenue. Alcohol does not develop, destroys. At a time when the corona crisis is becoming severe day by day, overcrowding at liquor shops can be a nuisance to the entire country. Subscribe chauhansameer.com for free latest opinions.