July 9, 2009
Ashadh Krushna DwitiyaHow Deities are defamed by giving its name to Liquor Bars?Panaji (Goa):
Goa State Government has modified regulations related to excise duty and has decided not to issue new licence or renew old licence of such bars selling local and imported liquor that have names of deities’ or saints’ irrespective of their belonging to any religion. (Congratulations to Goa Govt. for this decision! Other States in this country can follow suit and acquire Hindus’ trust – Editor SP)
The notification issued in this respect by the Finance Department has come into force with effect from 26th June 2009. Sub-rule 11 has been merged with Rule 90 of Goa Excise Regulations wherein it has been stated that no shop retailing Indian or foreign liquor will henceforth, bear a religious name. The regulations have been modified in accordance with the demand made by Shri. Manohar Parrikar, the Opposition leader in the Legislative Assembly through a special Bill. No action will, however, be taken against the old bars with the names of deities.
There are about 6500 bars in Goa; many of which have names of Hindu deities, saints or Christian Gods. The Government has not yet taken a decision on bars with permanent licence bearing names of deities. (Hindus must compel the State Govt. to ban every such bar that has name of a Hindu deity! – Editor SP)
On enquiry, Shri. Udipta Ray, the Secretary of Finance Department informed that the regulation was modified in such a hurry to keep the promise given to Shri. Parrikar. The Government will be seeking legal opinion on some related matters and definition of religious names.
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) Congratulates the State Government and Parrikar!
Shri. Jayesh Thali of HJS has welcomed the notification passed by the Government and congratulated the Government and Opposition leader, Shri. Parrikar for the same. Shri. Thali said that names of deities given to old bars should also be changed and the Government should take measures to prevent denigration of Hindu deities taking place through various media. Source: Daily Sanatan Prabhat
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