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Liquor ban

Liquor ban: The Supreme Court has refused to modify the ban it placed on hotels and restaurants from serving liquor along the highways.

Thousands of liquor vends, taverns and bar employees who worked in various units located along the National Highway-1, have lost their jobs following the Supreme Court orders because of liquor ban in Punjab and Haryana along state and national highways.

Recently in Punjab and Haryana, a survey has been done because of various issues regularly created by the women against liquor sale. And this survey has had made the Supreme Court to take action against. But as a consequence of the declaration by Supreme court, the following has happened what they should do now they don’t know.

Case Study 1

44-year-old Monty Singh had set up his tavern by spending Rs 2 lakh which he got after selling off his car eight months back at Golu Majra on NH1. Four employees served snacks and liquor to the customers and everything was fine until Saturday when he was asked by the Excise and Taxation Department officials to shut his tavern.

The tavern which used to attract dozens of customers every day bears a deserted look now. The benches, the chairs and the khaat all have been occupied by the house flies now.
“Whatever I had, I had invested here. I am jobless. I have asked four helpers, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to find other jobs as I will not be able to pay them. My son and daughter are in college, I am worried about their future.The government should come forward to help us. We have been rendered jobless by the court orders,” Monty said.

Case Study 2

Prem Singh, 40, hails from a village located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. He has been working as a liquor salesman for the last two decades and finds himself as a misfit in any other profession. He has finally decided to return to his village where he will cultivate his fields to feed his two children and wife.
“We have agriculture land in Himachal which is not fertile. There are no jobs here. I have no option but to go back to my village,” Prem Singh said.

Case Study 3

Des Raj, 40 belongs to Pehowa town of Haryana. He used to get a monthly salary of Rs 10,000 by working as a salesman, the profession which he had chosen 18 years back. He worked in a Shahabad Markanda liquor vend which has been closed as it was only a few meters from the highway.

The liquor vend owners employed helpers, store keepers, drivers and salesmen to manage the business which is no more because of liquor ban in Punjab and Haryana. The worst- hit are the hoteliers, restaurant and bar owners whose sales have come down by fifty percent after the ban.
The Supreme Court order has also left the Punjab and Haryana governments worried as a major part of their revenue comes from the taxes collected on liquor sale.

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