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After drawing flak, Haryana decides to shut down liquor vends

The Haryana government on Thursday decided to shut down liquor vends in the state from midnight due to operational issues after drawing heavy criticism for keeping the outlets open despite a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have decided to close liquor vends in the state, Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department Anurag Rastogi told PTI over the phone. He said the decision to close liquor vends was taken because of operational issues. Officials said it was becoming difficult to manage operations due to the lockdown. For example, one district says these could be opened between 12 pm to 3 pm, at other place timings were 12 to 5, and movement of supply was becoming difficult, that is supply from wholesale to retail, said Rastogi. The decision was taken during a meeting Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala had with district food controller officers and district taxation officers through a video link. Chautala directed the food controller officers .

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