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Anarchy: Liquor Shops Running In Rajasthan Without Licence

Even the state government is suffering losses due to this violation of the rule.

Even after six years of bringing liquor under the ambit of Food Safety and Standards Act, shopkeepers in Rajasthan, including Jaipur continue to sell liquor without procuring a licence from the health department.

According to a Dainik Bhaskar report, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had made provision for getting a licence for sale of liquor. This was to prevent the sale of spurious liquor.

As per the rule, formalities for procuring licence should be done at the time of completing the allotment procedure by the excise department. However, this is not happening and liquor shop owners have not taken a licence from the health department.

Since shop owners have not placed a request for a licence with the health department, liquor samples cannot be taken for the test.

Jaipur has 400 IMFL and country-made liquor shop and the state has a total of 7,640 shops.

Even the state government is suffering losses due to this violation of the rule.

After implementation of the Food Safety Standards Act by the Health Department, a list of shops was sought from the Excise department. However, this list has not been made available yet. The Excise department has said that it has all the measures required for testing samples.

Mukesh Sharma from excise department said, “I do not have any information from FSSAI that liquor has been included under the category of food. I will look into the matter.”

On the other hand, Food Safety State Nodal officer Dr Sunil Sinha said, “Liquor comes under the category of food under the Food safety norms. We will talk to the excise department on this.”

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