No Liquor Shops near Public Places, directs NHRC

Bhubaneswar, Nov 11: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has set April 2015 deadline directing the state government to evict the liquor shops and bars within 500 metre radius of the educational institutions, temples and petrol pumps in Odisha.

During its camp here on Monday, the NHRC member Sarat Sinha directed the Excise Secretary SP Tahkur to take immediate measures to shift the liquor shops from the public places to somewhere else. 

The Excise minister Damodar Rout said that all the wine shops would be evicted within 500 metre radius of schools, temples and petrol pumps before the deadline.

The single bench of the commission heard at least 26 cases on Monday relating to education, labour, employment, SC/ST, health and energy in 15 districts including Puri, Cuttack, Balasore, Ganjam and Koraput etc.

Earlier, the NHRC had asked the state government to submit a status report on the presence of the liquor shops near the public places in the state. However, it had expressed its displeasure over the government as it delayed in doing so.

The move came on the basis of a complaint filed by an NGO last year saying the liquor shops continue to operate in the state despite the rule that no bar and wine shops should be within the radius of 500 metre of the public places including the schools, colleges, religious institutions, and petrol pumps across the state.

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