The BJP slammed Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of J&K, for supporting the selling of beer at department stores in Jammu and Kashmir, Kavinder Gupta, a prominent member of the BJP and a former deputy chief minister, said the government must respect the Hindu people's religious beliefs.
Srinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party slammed Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of J&K, for supporting the selling of beer at department stores in Jammu and Kashmir. Kavinder Gupta, a prominent member of the BJP and a former deputy chief minister, said the government must respect the Hindu people’s religious beliefs.
Jammu is regarded as the city of temples; hence Gupta requested a review of the decision. We oppose the sale of alcohol in department stores, including beer.
The Administrative Council (AC), which assembled here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the proposal to allow department stores to sell beer and other “ready to drink” (RTD) beverages in urban areas, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, and Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, attended the meeting.
Provisions for beer sales
Administrative Council approved the Jammu and Kashmir Liquor License and Sale Rules of 1984 and the Excise Policy of 2023–24 in order to grant License JKEL-2A for the retail sale of beer and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages in department stores in urban areas of Union Territories.
The department store must have been open for at least a year. However, this condition will not be applicable to a new or newly opened department store that is a part of a chain of department shops with annual sales of more than Rs 10 crore.
Additionally, the general stores must be selling a minimum of six of the product categories, including grocery items; frozen foods, confectionery and bakery items, toiletries, cosmetics; household goods, utensils and kitchenware, sports items, electrical and electronic appliances, apparel, and stationery.
The Administrative Council has given its nod to the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation for the retail sale of beer and ready-to-drink beverages in unserved or underserved areas in consultation with the concerned Deputy Commissioner.