Nagpur: State Excise Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Tuesday announced in Vidhan Parishad (Council) that those indulging illegal sale and brewing of liquor will be dealt with sternly even slapping of provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act (MPDA) recommended against those who are caught indulging in the act thrice.
Bawankule was replying to a call attention notice moved by Prakash Gajbhiye of NCP.
The call attention notice had drawn attention of Government on various issues such as strong demand from women on enforcing prohibition, atrocities on women after consumption of liquor by male members, agitations over prohibition, ruined families etc.
Bawankule further said that Prohibition Act is already in force in the State. Liquor sell and transportation is allowed after seeking permit. Other governments had also enforced the prohibition in their states. However, the decision on the prohibition had to be withdrawn after two years following increase in illegal sell and transportation of liquor. If prohibition is implemented, liquor would be available in the state in illegal ways. The liquor shops in those villages were closed after demands and 50 percent voting for enforcing of prohibition by womenfolk in these villages. Instead of prohibition, enforcing of law against illegal sell and transportation of liquor should be strictly followed to curb the menace, Bawankule asserted.