215 police officials and 15 Excise officials dismissed, probe against many--Excise minister
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Gopalganj : Registration, Excise and Probition minister Sumil Kumar today said that 215 police officials and 15 Excise officials have been dismissed for their failure in making prohibition effective and proceedings against many are on. Strict vigilance is being maintained on officials who are erring in their duties. Talking to media persons in Gopalganj the minister said that prohibition in the state is continuing for the five years and awareness programmes would be intensified in the state.
Government is bringing the women and men involved in liquor business into main stream of the society and providing them loans for Goat farming, Paultry farming and other business.. He said that out of arrested persons only five percent are women. Government is committed to making prohibition effective and successful and leaving no stone unturned .
He said that 17 Drones have been pressed into service in Diara areas and dozens of Bhatthis have been destroyed. Minister clarified that policy of prohibition has nothing to do with the deaths due to spurious liquor because before prohibition also, such deaths had occurred. In fact death rate has lessened after the prohibition was enforced. He further said that Truck scanners on all borders would be installed.
Replying to a question he said that he personally is not agreed with the ban on Bhojpuri and Maithili languages by Jharkhand government. Condemning this decision, he said that language is a means of expressing views and banning any language is not fair. Language and culture have no limitations and boundary.
In another incident, Excise department today seized prohibited cough syrup Fensadryl worth 38 lakhs from a Truck and have arrested two persons in this connection. This was being transported to Gopalganj from Lucknow.