Peon, journalists among liquor shop licence aspirants in Gautam Budh Nagar

The draw for the licence of liquor shops was to scheduled to be held on Thursday but it was postponed due to technical glitch. The new date will be announced on Friday.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya:  A peon, a safai karamchari, corporate executive, businessmen, politicians and journalists the applicants for a liquor shop licence in Gautam Budh Nagar district this year is a curious mix thanks to the liberalization of the application process by the state government.

Aiming to break the monopoly of certain players on liquor trade in western Uttar Pradesh, the government, under its policy for 2018-19, has made the process completely online and removed the special status for the region under which it had a different policy from other areas of the state. For the first time this year, the UP government is allotting liquor vends through an online lottery system.

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