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Old May 12th, 2010, 04:46 AM
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Maharashtra to make booze access far more tougher

On the anvil: Legal age for drinking and purchasing alcohol to go up from 21 to 25

Serving alcohol at all public functions and ceremonies to be banned

Booze shops not to be allowed within 1km of schools, social institutions, religious places and highways

Only two bottles per week to be allowed against an individual liquor permit


The Maharashtra government is just a step away from passing an order that will make it illegal for anyone below 25 years of age to drink or purchase alcohol. As of now, the legal drinking age in the state is 21.

This move is part of a soon-to-be-announced de-addiction policy -- awaiting only Cabinet approval -- that will impose unprecedented restrictions on alcohol consumption.

The 25-year age limit on drinking, applicable in some other states in India including Delhi, will be the highest in the world according to data collected by the US-based International Center for Alcohol Policies.

Apart from a Rs 1,000-fine for under-age drinking, the draft policy promises more dry days every year, bans liquor consumption at all public functions -- such as marriages and birthday parties -- and says no liquor shop will be allowed within one kilometre of educational and social institutions, government offices, religious places and highways.

Moreover, it says only two bottles were week will be allowed per individual liquor permit, and a liquor shop or bar may be shut down if 25 per cent of the residents of a municipal ward demand its closure. It also asks for stricter punishment for disorderly behaviour in an inebriated state, suggesting that the offence should be non-bailable with a hefty penalty and a longer jail term.

“The state policy on de-addiction is almost ready and will soon be introduced before the Cabinet. It’s the need of the hour and no other department of the state is vehemently opposed to it,” Shivajirao Moghe, Minister for Social Justice & De-addiction Activities, told Mumbai Mirror. “Our first target will be college students, who increasingly consume liquor out of fashion and attraction. Not a single text book at the school level has a chapter on de-addiction.”

According to an official involved in the drafting procedure, the new policy has special guidelines for politicians – they will not be allowed to attend the inauguration of a liquor shop or a restaurant with a bar licence, an election will be cancelled if candidates are found distributing alcohol bottles during the campaign, and people owning liquor shops or bars will be banned from contesting elections. It also comes down hard on ex-servicemen, saying all special passes will be cancelled if they are found selling bottles procured under their quota.

When asked if there was any opposition expected from the finance department, considering these measure were sure to lead to a loss of revenue, Shivajirao Moghe said: “I do not agree that the government will lose substantial revenue if the policy implemented in toto. But I am aware that you can not impose such socially beneficial measures just through the legal frame-work. Counselling and social awareness will yield better results.”

Sources said the policy had been formulated at the insistence of social crusader Anna Hazare, who was appraised of various measures taken by the government in a meeting on Thursday. The government told him that Rs 24 crore (half a per cent of the annual revenue of the state excise) will be allocated for the de-addiction activities across the state.

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/...e-under25.html
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Old May 12th, 2010, 07:23 AM
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Fine.. so the prohibition policy in Gujarat gets a good argument.
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Re: Maharashtra to make booze access far more tougher

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Fine.. so the prohibition policy in Gujarat gets a good argument.
this is a policy to help politicians make extra money by giving them a chance for new business.
In our country even ration cards are misused and are way too many than the actual users. For example the 33% of white ration cards(for below poverty fiolks) in AP are fraudulent, as per govt. Now think about the cards for daaru, i guess at least 75% of them would be fraudulent.
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Re: Maharashtra to make booze access far more tougher

Making stringent laws is not going to help.
Smuggling will start and also the rate of booze bottles.
The government will not be able to generate revenue but booze mafia under the patronage of politicians will make money.
What about desi daruwalas, they are going to have merry time

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Re: Maharashtra to make booze access far more tougher

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On the anvil: Legal age for drinking and purchasing alcohol to go up from 21 to 25

What a bullshit.

Serving alcohol at all public functions and ceremonies to be banned.

Fine, But will still happen at rich ppl's parties. Who and how will they monitor these?

Booze shops not to be allowed within 1km of schools, social institutions, religious places and highways

Very good idea. On one of my previous trip to India in (1991), I was shocked to see 30 feet tall hoardings with price mentioned in big bold letters someone can read from half km bu the Delhi-Haryana boarder.

Only two bottles per week to be allowed against an individual liquor permit.

Do Maharashtra have permits????


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The government will not be able to generate revenue but booze mafia under the patronage of politicians will make money.
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Oye Jeete,

Thats the whole point.
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Re: Maharashtra to make booze access far more tougher

The so called "new" regulations are so much hogwash - simply old wine in new bottles.

- The age limit - ha! No barman even checks the permits, let alone an id card mentioning the age proof.

- Distance from schools/ places of worship etc? Today the limit is 500 mtrs. But is it observed? No one checks it. There are even rules for paan/cigarette shops being 500 mtrs away from educational institutes / places of worship etc.

- Serving alcohol at public functions etc? Even today, legally, one is supposed to acquire a special permission from the police commissioner for booze to be served at banquets/ party plots etc.

- Only two bottles per permit? Heck, the permits have been there for ages. Has any barman asked for your liquor permit whenever you visited a bar?
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Re: Maharashtra to make booze access far more tougher

nice way for excise to make extra black buck.its just like the previous gutka ban,where everyone made money with each gutka pouch being sold for more than 10 rs
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Re: Maharashtra to make booze access far more tougher

Here are my thoughts on this

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On the anvil: Legal age for drinking and purchasing alcohol to go up from 21 to 25

Serving alcohol at all public functions and ceremonies to be banned

Booze shops not to be allowed within 1km of schools, social institutions, religious places and highways

Only two bottles per week to be allowed against an individual liquor permit

1) Till date there are many bar owners and liquor shops which sell openly to college kids who are not even 21 years of age. The police get proper 'bribes' (hafta) from these shop owners and all are properly inebriated and happy. So this law would just allow the cops to harass the college kids and thus generate a new avenue for their 'special revenue'.

2) Usually in weddings and such ocassions alcohol is not served. Some rich folks do have wine and beer at the wedding reception. Usually such receptions are in big hotels where the hotel has a permit to serve alcohol legally. So I dont know what the government means by public functions. However, this is interesting because alcohol is served freely during public functions like 'election rallies' and such. How will our politicians circumvent the law at such ocassions?

3) This law about not having establishments serving or selling alcohol within a certain distance of schools, temples, colleges, etc. has been around for quite some time. What is the point in increasing the distance? Those who have to drink will go there anyway. And do you think college kids of today require a very long ardous walk to get to a liquor shop? This is just a new revenue stream for officials to get more 'bribes' from existing liquor shops to 'regularise' their establishments.

4) Permit rooms or alcohol consumption permits have been around all along. By law you are supposed to show your permit and only then can they serve you alcohol. So the Permit Rooms you see in hotels and bars are supposed to check. A friend used to own a bar called Nikhil Bar in Irla lane, Vile Parle (W). They had to show the excise officer how much alcohol was sold to patrons. Each waiter in the bar had a legal permit. They used to just write the names of the waiters in the log book along with some regulars and show all the sales against these names. Going by the log entries one would think that every waiter drank 10 bottles a day!! Offcourse the excise officers knew all this but they had to do a show and collect bribes. So this law again is bull crap. Of no use. Infact ask some ministers in our cabinet about how much they consume per week!
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