Liquor shops in Uttar Pradesh will be opened only after May 3, after getting directions from the central government regarding lockdown. The decision will be taken according to the instructions that will be in the guidelines of the center.
According to Principal Secretary Excise Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy, from Monday, April 20, the distilleries in the state will start production of alcohol and beer, besides alcohol-based sanitizers. As long as the raw material for making these products will be available in their premises. But apart from sanitizer, packing, marketing and sale of liquor, beer, etc. will be completely restricted till then.
During this period, packing, marketing and selling of alcohol-based sanitizers made in these distilleries will be permissible. License shops of liquor, beer and cannabis will be closed in the state. But Excise Offices in the districts will open from Monday.
The Principal Secretary has issued another mandate directing all DMs that there is a possibility of the increasing use of alcoholic drugs, tinctures, varnishes etc. in the state due to the closure of liquor, beer and cannabis shops.
Similarly, the cases of stealing alcohol and spirit from tankers transporting alcohol, spirit etc. for industrial purposes, and locally brewing liquor will increase cases, leading to mass casualties.
Therefore, DMs will make joint teams of police and excise personnel in all the districts and check the chemists. Vendors of paints, varnishes, tinctures, etc. will be monitored as well as alcohol and spirit laden tankers stopping at dhabas will be investigated.
Not only this, but instructions have also been given to stop making and selling raw liquor and smuggling of illicit liquor from other states. Principal Secretary informed that apart from these works, the allocation of licenses for liquor, beer and cannabis shops and other pending government works will also be dealt with from Monday.