Permit holders will find a new attraction when they go to buy their quota of liquor at an approved wine shop. For some, it may come as a surprise. But, for many, it will be a shock as the state government has approved the appointment of women sub-inspectors at all liquor shops across the state.
It is an irony that the news of appointment of women SIs comes just a fortnight ahead of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi , the man who was strongly opposed to liquor consumption.
Ban on liquor consumption was clamped in Gandhi’s birthplace soon after Gujarat came into existence. But the state government allows permits to the few Bachchus lovers to consume wine, albeit under certain terms and conditions. These permit holders are allowed to buy their quota again prescribed and limited per month from approved wine shops present in all major cities across the state.
At the liquor shops, the permit holder has to show the permit, which is examined by an SI appointed by the prohibition and excise department under the home department. These liquor shops, till date, were a completely male domain.
Now, a new era begins as the government has appointed 50 women as SIs. Some 80-odd women officials have just finished their training as constables in the prohibition department. They, too, would be deployed as SIs at liquor shops in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot.
The government believes that women SIs are expected to behave properly with permit holders and it would reduce irregularities.
“These women sub-inspectors are expected to behave in a good manner with permit holders. We think this will reduce irregularities as these are women officers,” said SD Patel, deputy director of prohibition.