BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said, a provision will be made for stringent punishment for those engaged in illicit liquor trade.
Chouhan, who was addressing a meeting at Mantralaya to review the illegal liquor trade and law & order situation in the state, said strict action should be taken against the persons involved in illegal liquor business with immediate effect.
All possible efforts should be made in a concerted manner to check illegal liquor being brought from neighboring states and the issue must be discussed with concerned states.
He directed that cent percent transportation of OP alcohol tankers from the distillery must be ensured with an e-lock system. If any distillery of the state is found involved in illegal transportation of OP alcohol, it should be shut down immediately. Chouhan said that investigation should be started by forming a special team to reach the roots of illegal liquor business. It was informed at the meeting that in order to ensure that the holograms on liquor bottles are not copied and misused, holograms will be made with QR code and track and trace system from Security Printing Corporation of India. This will have 20 to 25 features. Home minister Mishra said that there is also a need for arrangements for checking illegal and non-standard liquor in bars.
Chouhan further expressed concern over the increasing habit of online gaming among children and the resulting suicide incidents and directed to develop necessary monitoring mechanism for the same.
Home minister Narottam Mishra, chief secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, director general of police Vivek Johri, additional chief secretary, home, Rajesh Rajora and principal secretary, commercial tax, Deepali Rastogi were present at the meeting.
Later, Chouhan said on Monday that the state government will provide all possible support to the furniture and toy clusters to be developed in Indore. The employment opportunities in the state will increase with the units established in the cluster.
This is necessary for the creation of self-reliant Madhya Pradesh. Developing furniture and toy clusters in Indore is a commendable initiative of the industrialists.
Chouhan was talking to industrialists who had come to meet him regarding the Indore furniture cluster and toy cluster. A furniture cluster is being developed in Betma, Indore in an area of 154 hectares at a cost of Rs. 600 crores.
In all, 171 investors will set up their units in the cluster. This will provide employment to about 5200 people.
During the talks, the chief minister agreed to the demand of the representatives for allotment on the basis of conversion, permission to develop the cluster in three phases, electricity sub-station, one MLD water and construction of a 45 meter road.
Micro, small and medium enterprises minister Omprakash Sakhlecha, commissioner industries and secretary, micro, small and medium enterprises, Vivek Porwal were present.