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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday (Jan 19) issued a strict order to the Excise Department officials to stop the sale of liquor at all shops in the state.

“Those caught selling liquor after 8 pm should be penalised; their shops should be sealed and licence should be cancelled,” he ordered the Excise Department officials.

Addressing a meeting of senior officials at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), he said: “In 2008, our government had initiated similar policy to check sale of liquor in state after 8 pm which gave a positive message to the society.”

It was also revealed in the meeting that many shopkeepers are charging higher amount than the Maximum Selling Price (MSP) quoted on bottles. Gehlot directed to take strict actions against them as well.

He also ordered the officials to stop illegal transportation of liquor in the state.

Meanwhile, The Rajasthan government has allocated Rs. 1,325 crore for farmers whose kharif crops have been affected in the nine drought-hit districts of the state.

According to officials, 16.94 lakh farmers from 58 tehsils in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh, Nagaur, Churu and Pali are the worst affected.

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