He said that the new liquor policy, particularly the lowering of the liquor consumption age from 25 to 21 years, has pushed young people in to liquor addiction.
New Delhi: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Anil Kumar said that his continued warning that the liberalised new Liquor Policy will not only ruin the unemployed youth of the city, but also create a huge law and order situation, has been proved right, with the reported assault on police personnel by three drunk youth yesterday.
Anil Kumar said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who came to power on the Nirbhaya case bandwagon, and who had promised to make Punjab “Nasha Mukt” in the recent Assembly elections, has handed over the National Capital to the liquor mafia to earn thousands of crores in underhand deals, and make Delhi “Nashe Ki Rajdhani”.
He said that private liquor shops’ latest campaign of “buy one get one free” is creating huge rush at liquor shops, and traffic jams outside, as people park vehicles in a chaotic manner on the roads to block traffic, and violence at liquor shops has become a regular occurrence. He said that cheap liquor brands are sold under this scheme, causing serious health issues to the drinkers, but the Arvind Kejriwal Government keeps its eyes shut as the liquor mafia calls the shots.
Anil Kumar said that the new liquor policy, particularly the lowering of the liquor consumption age from 25 to 21 years, has pushed young people in to liquor addiction, as shops are selling liquor bottles even to under-aged children, as the shops have no mechanism to verify the age of the buyers, nor do they bother about it.
Anil Kumar said that with the Covid-19 restrictions gone, liquor shops open at 10 a m, and operate past 8 PM, which allows a free flow of liquor virtually at all hours, not only ruining the youth and many families, but also pushing up the crime rates, particularly against women, but Chief Minister Arvind seems unconcerned with the deteriorating law and order situation.