Chandigarh, 16 November (Trinew)
The government has come into action in the case of death of 22 people due to poisonous liquor in Yamunanagar and Ambala. The government is taking this matter very seriously. Although the reason for these deaths is being said to be the liquor coming out of the furnace, the Excise and Taxation Department has given instructions to collect samples from all the liquor vends of the state and get them tested.
The teams of the department have been instructed to scrutinize the records of all the contracts. It will also be ascertained whether there is any difference in stock and supply. Wherever any difference is found in the contract, strict action will be taken against the concerned contractor. Through the sampling process and matching of records, it will also be known how much stock is available in the contracts and from where the supplies are being made. Excise and Taxation Commissioner Ashok Meena has issued written orders to the Excise and Taxation Commissioners of all the districts for sampling of liquor from all the vends. Let us tell you here that there are a total of 2376 liquor vends in 1188 zones in the state. 2682 sub-contracts are going on. Two liquor vends can be opened in one zone. Under the excise policy, it is mandatory to install CCTV cameras on all contracts and all of them should be in working condition. It is also necessary to audit the liquor coming from the shops. So far, records of about 500 liquor vends have been scrutinized in the state. Samples have been taken from all the places and sent to the government lab located in Panchkula. Usually, it takes 10 to 15 days for the reports of samples to arrive, but due to such a large number of deaths due to poisonous liquor, orders have been given to send the reports as soon as possible.