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Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha Excise Commissioner, Cuttack has granted permission to 14 dance bars (IMFL ‘ON’ shop licensees) in the capital city to function and engage women above 21 years in musical programme, dance programme or orchestra in its premises. 

The dance bars coming under the jurisdiction of Police Commissionerate had been shut for the past two years owing to Covid-19 pandemic. The excise permission will enable the dance bars to function till midnight. 

While granting permission to the dance bars, the excise commissioner made it clear that it is subject to compliance of 18 point guideline laid down by it.

“Breach of any term and conditions may warrant cancellation of permission and appropriate action may be taken under Odisha Excise Act, 2008 & Odisha Excise Rule, 2017,” read an official order. 

It order further stated that Government in Excise Department reserves the right to issue further guidelines as & when deemed proper. 

“Deputy Superintendent of Excise & Inspector of Excise, Bhubaneswar shall visit the above shops and monitor strict observance of instructions passed by the Excise Commissioner, Odisha, Cuttack and submit report in every three days for observing of 18 points. In case of any violation action may be taken in accordance with law,” it added.

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