Alcohol Ban: Know the Dry States of India
BENGALURU: Recently the supreme court of India upheld the Kerala Government’s ban on sales of alcohol in the state. The verdict has not only dismayed many alcohol lovers in the state but also many tourists who had plans to visit the God’s Own Country. However, the step seems righteous by taking the moral grounds into consideration, thus here goes the list of Indian states that are dry for dipsomaniacs.
The home town of PM Narendra Modi, the state of Gujarat is absolutely a dry place and selling of alcohol is completely prohibited. However, permit license can be received from the Gujarat Tourism Department for 30 days, through which tourists can buy alcohol up to limited amount of quantity. One has to submit his or her identification proof to avail the license.
Lakshadweep is the only national territory wherein sales of alcohol is entirely banned and packing alcohol to island from other states is also banned.
The state of Manipur is situated in the eastern part of the country and selling of alcohols is illegal in the state. On the other hand, local made drinks are widely available and consuming it is strictly not recommended as they blended of local spirit and the detergent powder. Strict action by the state government to curb such illicit brews is in immediate need.
Mizoram, another state from the northeast region has banned the sales of consumption of alcohol. Under the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act banned open sales of liquor in 1997 and later production of wine with lesser quantity of spirit was legalized by the state, amending MLTP Act. The production of wine has been under strenuous scanner since the amendment, however, local made alcohol drinks are sold underground in the state.
Nagaland is yet another north eastern state to be listed out and same as all states above the open sales of alcohol is prohibited. The ban was imposed in 1989 but India-made foreign liquor (IMFL) is largely available across the state, further, Zutho is a popular local drink and the state police are alleged for being inactive in preventing sales of illegitimate liquors in the state. However those who fear the law consume alcohols in Assam.
In simple terms ‘Dry Days’ means restricting sales of liquor on particular days across the country, usually on the some of the national holiday. Further, selling of alcohol, few days after and before the public elections is also banned to maintain law and to prevent iniquity in the process of elections. In some regions, selling of liquor is banned on first day of every month.
On Independence Day, Republic day and on Gandhi Jayanthi open selling of alcohols is strictly banned and local bars come under the serious scrutiny. Nevertheless, consuming of the alcohol in private is not illegal.
Kerala is the most recent state to impose ban on sales of alcohols and it was challenged by the petitioners in the court, however the SP upheld the decision of the Kerala government recently. The government announced it plans to impious ban in 2016 and the decision received mixed critics. Though it was largely welcomed, some criticized by taking tourism in account. As of the new, rule alcohol is to be served only in Five-Star hotels.