JSBCL to extend its control over the retail alcohol sales
JSBCL to extend its control over the retail alcohol sales

The Raghubar Das government is set to take direct control of the retail sale of alcohol in Jharkhand.

The state cabinet, headed by chief minister Raghubar Das has approved the excise department's proposal to open state-run licensed liquor shops across non-scheduled areas from August 1.

The 11-member cabinet also approved the excise department's proposal to not renew the licenses of existing retail liquor stores and not issue licenses to new applicants.

Avinash Kumar, Secretary of the department, said "The Jharkhand State Beverage Corporation Limited (JSBCL) was regulating the whole liquor sales in the state. The JSBCL will extend its control over the retail alcohol sales as well."

Kumar said private control of the retail liquor sales has been causing heavy revenue losses to the government. "The new retail stores will be opened as per necessity," he added. At present, there are more than 1,432 licensed retail liquor stores in the state.

The Das cabinet has also approved 36 proposals from various government departments. It sanctioned Rs 119.34 crore for a new urban planning and management institute building in Ranchi, Rs 30.99 crore for new a municipal corporation building in Deoghar and Rs 48 crore for a new Ranchi Municipal Corporation building.

The cabinet further amended the state higher and technical education department's regulations to incorporate career advancement scheme (CAS) to facilitate promotions of teachers of various state-run universities. It sanctioned Rs 50 crore for boosting poultry farming run by women self-help groups across districts.

The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 254.16 crore for Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL), for implementing unfinished work under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana in Latehar, Palamu and Garhwa districts.

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