New Excise Policy has brought entire liquor trade fraternity on streets as move is seen depriving them of their livelihood, says Jasrotia
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JAMMU: BJP Spokesperson Abhijeet Jasrotia on Saturday lauded the new dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir under Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for tirelessly working towards development and welfare of the people in the Union Territory, saying many milestones have already been achieved, which have brought respite to the people. “The positive approach of the administration has rekindled a hope among the people, who have hugely suffered during the misgovernance of the traditional dynastical parties, particularly in the recent past”, Jasrotia said in a statement issued here this afternoon.
Referring to the recently introduced New Excise Policy 2021-22 in Jammu and Kashmir , Jasrotia said this has brought the entire liquor trade fraternity and all those engaged with it, on the streets, as the move is seen as depriving them of their livelihood. The protests are feared to take the agitational mode, he apprehended.
“The nation is fed up with the Andholan Jervis and so are the peaceful liquor trade protesters, who believe in amicable solution of the issues in congenital atmosphere. From Day-1, they have been peacefully insisting on taking the stakeholders too on board before implementation of the policy. Their response to the move is within the parameters of the democratic dissent and their demands seem to be genuine, which deserve consideration and course correction, as may be deemed appropriate by the Union Territory Administration”, the BJP Spokesperson said.
He elaborated that the people of J&K have been for the change, which has been brought about on August 5, 2019, thus ending the era of chaos, mis-governance and discrimination.
“The change has brought a healthy turnaround on various fronts including development”, he said, however regretting that certain unwarranted moves like the New Excise Policy and the regulation of minning sector have caused a lot of resentment among the stakeholders as also the people. The mining regulations have stirred nexus between unscrupulous mining smugglers and cops thus breaking the backbone of all those investing in raising their dream houses. The people were making their houses of dreams at an affordable prices of the construction material like sand, stones and bajri but the new regulations have left them at the mercy of looters in the form of local cops and mining smugglers . Ironically these cops used to seek posting in cities earlier but now they want to be placed in the mining rich areas. Astonishingly, many tippers of the Kashmir valley are also operating in Jammu now. For what they are here in Jammu is a million dollar question. The reason is obvious which speaks volumes about the large scale nexus and vested interest”, he added. “Similarly, same holds true about the New Excise Policy”, Jasrotia said, adding that though a teetotaler myself yet I strongly feel the New Excise Policy is no way in the interest of Jammu’s liquor trade”, he said adding that like the warning on every bottle of liquor that wine consumption leads to health hazards, open auctioning of the liquor trade too is hazardous for those engaged with the trade. It is like snatching livelihood of one and giving it to other. This will in no way generate the jobs but create only confusions, he observed. “We are aware about the situation and the fate of the States where such policies–like the one drafted for J&K now–are in the system . The bids being offered by the wine mafia are generally so high, which a common local trader can never compete even if he sells his or her entire properties and even those of their relatives too. Here is where this wine mafia plays with the system. They follow all the short cuts to cover up the bidding amount. They religiously indulge in adulteration and duplication. They indulge in all sorts of malpractices and adopt unfair trade practices to recover their huge investments . Thank God, till date, we in Jammu and Kashmir, didn’t encounter a single death due to adulterated, spurious or sub- standard liquor. However, this will be thing of the past once the mafia steps in the trade. We cannot avert unfortunate and tragic deaths in the near future”, the BJP Spokesperson said.
Jasrotia said, “This being the scenario, we, as well wishers of the party, the Union Territory and above all the people, strongly vouch for course correction. I believe, the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor and his administration has a big role in foreseeing the things to come. We have many hopes with the LG and his administration. They have much more to concentrate on for development and welfare of the people. The UT has bigger problems than mining or wine but these two issues too need attention”.