Srinagar: Government on Monday revealed that a former member of the parliament and eight ex-legislators are involved in liquor trade in the state.
In a written reply to question by BJP MLA from Jammu West, Sat Pual Sharma, finance minister Haseeb Drabu said as many as 225 run in the state. Most of these liquor shops run in Jammu province.
As per the reply, P. Namgyal, a three-time MP from the Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency holds a license in his name.
Further, the reply reveals that ex-legislators who hold a license in their name or are related to the license holders include Dhian Chand (ex-MLA, holds a license in his name), Prem Sagar Aziz (ex-MLA, holds a in his name), Bimla Luthra (ex-MLA, mother of license holder), Rajinder Singh Chib (former minister, father of license holder), Suram Singh (ex-legislator, father and husband of license holders), Ajastshatru Singh (ex-legislator, holds a license in his name), Harbans Singh (ex-legislator, father of license holder) and Parkash Sharma (ex-MLA, father of license holder) .
The written reply also stated that that 2210 bottles of Indian and foreign liquor were consumed at Kashmir Golf club from 2012 upto August 2015, 1474 at Amar Singh Club, Srinagar and 1195 at Royal spring Golf club, Srinagar.
While as 4318 bottles were consumed at Press Club Jammu, 3941 at Jammu club and 2076 at Amar Singh club, Jammu. Drabu further said that there are 136 wine shops, 15 hotels with bars, 7 hotels with bars and banquets, 37 bars with restaurants.
In Srinagar,he said, there are 4 wine shops, 3 hotels with bars, 2 bars with restaurants and 3 bars with a club. “And in Budgam district, there is one bar in officer’s mess.
He said that in Doda there are 6 wine shops, Kishtwar has one, Rajouri has 9 while as four wine shops are in Poonch.
Drabu also said that “frequent raids, nakas and checking are conducted to curb the trade and consumption of illicit liquor and narcotic drugs and efforts are made for strict implementation of the JK Excise Act,1958 and Narcotic Drugs and psychotropic substances Act.”