New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday warned of strict action the liquor vendors who are charging high rates than the maximum retail price (MRP) from the customers. The stern warning from Yogi Adityanath-led UP government came after several complaints reached his administration of overcharging by liquor vendors in the state.

Following instructions from Excise Minister Ram Naresh Agnihotri, principal secretary (excise) Sanjay R Bhoosreddy said that a rate higher than the fixed MRP cannot be charged by liquor vendors under any circumstances.

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“Strict instructions have been issued in this regard. Payment should be made by the buyers after seeing MRP printed on the bottles. Buyers should not pay more than that,” Bhoosreddy said as quoted by news agency PTI.

Bhoosreddy also said that the liquor vendors who are caught overcharging from customers will be fined for Rs 75,000 for the first offence and Rs 1.5 lakh for the second time, while there will be cancelled after the third offence.  

Excise Commissioner P Guruprasad has ordered all the departmental personnel including joint excise commissioner, deputy excise commissioner, district excise officer and other subordinates to strictly follow the government instructions.

The excise commissioner also informed that a special enforcement drive was carried out in the state against the sale of illegal liquor on March 25. Under the special drive a number FIRs were also registered with the police and further investigations are underway, he added.

In order to fully control the illegal liquor business in the state, the departmental officers have been instructed to carry out continuous operations and take effective action on the manufacture, sale, transport and smuggling of illegal liquor, he said.

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Liquor shops in Uttar Pradesh reopened on Monday after over 40 days of closure due to the coronavirus lockdown. The liquor shops which are not located in shopping malls are opened from 10 am to 7 pm with social distancing norms in place to ensure that not over five persons are there at a time. However, sale of liquor is not allowed in containment areas. 



(With PTI Inputs)

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