If the state government receives a complaint of habitual drinking against any of its employees, and the same is established in an inquiry, then half of his salary will be transferred directly into the account of his wife. This is one of the several recommendations made by the five-member committee, which was formed by state government in March this year. The panel was made to look into the demands of former MLA Gurusharan Singh Chhabra on banning liquor in the state.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot made recommendations public on Sunday when he went to SMS Hospital to meet Chhabra, who had again gone on a fast alleging that government was not serious about implementing the ban. Following his meeting with the chief minister Chhabra ended his fast, which had entered its 25th day.
It is also recommended by the committee that if a person is found under the influence of liquor and is not able to conduct himself correctly then a fine of Rs500 will be imposed on first-time offenders and Rs5,000 thereafter. Moreover, if a person is found flouting this rule more than three times than he can be fined Rs10,000.
One of the key recommendations, which is expected to garner much support from the public at large, is that if 20% voters in any panchayat or municipal ward demand shifting of a liquor shop and 50% of the voters confirm it by majority then that shop will be shifted.
A statutory warning will also be marked on all liquor bottles.
The panel further suggested the government to step up its campaign to educate the masses about the dangers of consuming liquor. Boards educating people about the ills of alcoholism will be put on display in areas like markets, railway stations, bus stands etc.
The panel has proposed a reserve of Rs10-crore from the revenue earned liquor for this purpose.