Liquor outlets asked to abide by rules

KHONSA, Jul 13: Tirap Deputy Commissioner PN Thungon has asked the owners and managers of liquor outlets in the district to abide by the Arunachal Pradesh Excise Act and Rules while conducting their business.
Addressing a meeting with licensees of wholesale IMFL, along with vendors and retail vendors, here on Friday, the DC directed them to have CCTV cameras installed in the premises of their outlets latest by 13 August.
He also asked them to restrict the sale of liquor to underage children, and to observe the dry days notified by the government.
The DC convened the meeting to discuss the rampant unauthorized sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in small shops and hotels, and taking of liquor in abandoned buildings by teenagers in the district.
“The children are spoiling their lives because of rampant alcohol and opium addiction. Parents need to play a pivotal role in weaning them away from such practices,” he said.
Citing the high literacy rate among the Apatani and Sherdukpen communities, the DC said Tirap district, despite having a major population, is lagging behind in the education sector due to drug and alcohol issues.
Tax & Excise Superintendent Monica Lowang also urged the licensees and managers of liquor outlets to strictly abide by the Excise Act and Rules.
She briefed the gathering on the penal provisions under the act, and asked the managers of liquor outlets to maintain the accounts of their daily transactions as per the excise act. (DIPRO)