Good news for wine dealers in Meghalaya as govt approves amendment of excise rules

SHILLONG: After the Supreme Court in December last directed states not to grant licences to alcohol vendors within 500 metres of highways and said existing licences would be nullified from April 1, Meghalaya Government is contemplating to enforce the new directives from April 1.

Recently excise Minister Zenith Sangma told reporters that following the directives, the State government is coming up with some amendment rules.

The State government in the cabinet meeting earlier today decided to reduce the distance for putting up liquor shops in the urban areas.

While briefing newsmen, Chief minister Mukul Sangma said that wine stores located close to minimum distance of 50 metres from places of educational institutions, places of worships and hospitals in the state capital would be allowed to open only from 4pm to 8 pm.

However, if the retail wine shops are located within a minimum distance of more than 100 metres from places of worship, educational institutions and hospitals , they would not be required to follow the timings.

“Now all signage and advertisement of liquor shops from National Highways and State Highways should be prohibited and no shop should be visible or directly accessible from the Highways,” Sangma added

It may be mentioned that as many as 93 liquor stores in East Khasi Hills out of a total of 106 have been locked following the earlier notification of the State government to stop setting up of liquor shops within 200 metres of religious places, educational institutions and hospitals.

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