SHILLONG, April 10: The declaration of certain areas in Meghalaya as ‘liquor free zones’ has not resulted in any revenue loss to the state’s exchequer, according to State Excise Minister, Metbah Lyngdoh.
Replying to a query raised by Congress MLA, Winnerson D Sangma during the question hour in the Assembly on Tuesday, Metbah however said the government will review to see whether there is any revenue loss and other factors.
He said that as per the notification issued on November last year, government can notify some areas as liquor free zones. These include areas (mostly near educational institutions and others) in and around the state’s capital and in Garo Hills. “Vending of liquor is not permitted in these areas,” he said.
When Congress legislator from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh brought to the notice of the House that restaurants and hotels located in the liquor free zones are still serving alcohol, the Minister said that he would ask his department officials to conduct checking on the matter.
Asked whether the notification will also be extended to other parts of the state, Metbah said the government will consider wherever it is necessary and required.