Watch begins to stop liquor going to voters
In view of the approaching elections, the excise department has begun keeping a watch on the flow of liquor in the state.
It is learnt that the department has already set up control rooms that will function round-the-clock to deal with liquor related complaints.
The control rooms are in operation 24×7 and will deal with cases of illegal storage, transportation and sale of liquor.
“All the 11 talukas as well as the head office have a control room each,” a senior official said on Wednesday.
To check illicit movement of liquor, officials will be checking the transport permit of all licence holders in the state. “Daily consignment of liquor from the wholesaler to the retail outlets will be checked, as well as
from the manufacturer end to the wholesaler,” the official said.
Furthermore excise officials have been asked to keep a tab on the inventory of liquor with each wholesaler. Taluka-level inspectors from the department have been given the task of monitoring the inventory since March 10 when the code of conduct came into force.
The department does not fear candidates bringing liquor from neighbouring states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka to lure voters.
‘Chances are very less because liquor is cheaper in Goa than other states,” said the senior official adding that official communication from the department by way of notifications on the timings of bars, retail shops, restaurants, shacks selling liquor will be announced in a day or two.
During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the excise department had seized 158 bulk litres of illegal liquor in Tiswadi taluka alone. The illegal seizure was from a restaurant in Miramar and from places like Taleigao, Santa Cruz, Chimbel, St Estevem and Bambolim.
A total of 268 liquor related offences were registered with the state election commission during 2014, in which action was taken against 27 offenders.
Alcohol is the most popular among candidates to lure voters. The other lures includes electrical appliances, cash, scooters, etc.
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