Sonitpur: Top police and district administration officials of Sonitpur has informed that the government has no plans to revive the process of issuing licences to new liquor shops in Assam. The government has made it clear that no licences for liquor shops are being issued.
Addressing the media here, Sonitpur SP Bedang Bhushan Saikia and Deputy Commissioner Kulen Sharma requested people to remain careful and alert and not get duped by unscrupulous people who might promise a license and demand a lot of money.
Excise department officials were also present at the media conference.
The officials informed that the government is issuing licences only for bar-cum-restaurant and not for alcohol shops.
According to reports there are certain people who are involved in such activities. They are demanding a lot of money, particularly from the unemployed youth promising liquor shop licences and cheating people. The police and the excise departments are being proactive this time to not let the brokers' racket dupe people. Government has directed all SPs and DCs to take necessary steps to crackdown on such brokers' rackets and spread the word among the people regarding the government's policies and make the masses aware.
Government had put on hold issuance of licence for wine and alcohol shops since 2007.
Sonitpur district has 44 liquor shops and 33 bar-cum-restaurants.