Ahmedabad: Toughening its stand against the illegal manufacture and sale of alcohol in the state, the Narendra Modi led Gujarat government here on Tuesday announced death penalty and life imprisonment for such acts.
After getting green signal from Governor Kamala Beniwal after two years, the Modi government is mulling over to enforce the law with an immediate effect.
As many as 130 people had died in Ahmedabad after consuming poisonous alcohol in 2009. Following which Gujarat government had decided to enforce stringent laws on alcohol trade.
The state legislative assembly had passed the Bombay Prohibition (Gujarat Amendment) Bill in 2009 however it could not be signed by the governor.
Under the new law, the people engaged in illegal manufacture and trade of alcohol will be awarded with death penalty and maximum life imprisonment. Moreover, the government officials and officers from prohibition department will also be charged if any form of negligence is reported from their end.
Gujarat is the only state in India where alcohol is legally banned by the government. The state incurs loss of thousands of crores to the exchequer every year.
In this connection Gujarat Government spokesperson Jay Narayan Vyas (Health Minister) said “We are committed to bring strong laws to book the wrongdoers. The new law will definitely check the illegal trade of alcohol in the state”
Senior Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohli extended support to the state governenments’s move and termed it in the interest of mankind.