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Tag: Excise Minister

Will Reconsider Public Demands While Formulating New Excise Policy: Minister

Bhubaneswar: State Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari Friday assured the members of the Odisha Nisa Nibaran Mancha that the government would reconsider a bulk of their demands while formulating the new excise policy next year. It is pertinent to note that the excise department had earlier shot letters to Collectors of all districts to grant temporary […]

No Proposal As Of Now to Make Odisha Liquor Free: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has no such proposal to introduce a law for making the State liquor free, informed Excise Minister, Niranjan Pujari while replying to a starred question in the Assembly on Monday. Responding to BJP MLA Nityananda Gond, Pujari stated “As there is no ban on the sale of liquor in neighbouring States, it […]

BJP MLA moves privilege motion against Odisha Excise Minister

Bhubaneswar: Alleging that Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari presented misleading statement in Odisha Assembly, Sambalpur BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra today moved a privileged motion against the minister in the House. On July 22, while replying to a query made by Opposition chief whip and Keonjhar BJP MLA Mohan Majhi in the House, Pujari said that no […]

Not yet accepted Standing Committee's suggestion: Excise Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government Monday said it has so far not accepted the recommendation of the standing committee of the Excise Department which had suggested opening of more IMFL shops and rewarding successful licensed traders. This was stated by Excise minister Niranjan Pujari while replying to a question of BJP member Mohan Majhi in the Assembly. […]

Govt revises timings for liquor sale in Bhubaneswar during HWC 2018

Bhubaneswar: Following massive protests by various anti-liquor organisations over the State government’s decision on relaxation of timings for liquor sale in ‘ON’ shops and bars in the capital city, Excise Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera today stated the decision was an unintended error. Behera clarified that the timings for liquor sale have been changed and only […]

Odisha records growth in beer, liquor sale

Bhubaneswar: The sale of beer in Odisha has increased by 21.13 percent this year, informed Excise Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera while replying to a question of Congress MLA Naba Kishore Das in the Odisha Assembly on Monday. Not only beer, the sale of foreign liquor has increased by 2.86 percent and sale of country-made liquor […]

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Odisha seeking to denotify NHs to escape SC liquor ban

Bhubaneswar: After re-classifying all road sections under the Works department to escape the Supreme Court ban on liquor shops, the State government is likely to approach the Centre seeking denotification of the parts of National Highways passing through urban areas as Urban Roads. The State government, in its efforts to circumvent the order of the […]

No proposal for total prohibition, says Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Excise Minister Damodar Rout on Wednesday said that there was no proposal for total prohibition in the state as it is not “a realistic step”. “The state government has no proposal to implement total prohibition. It is not a realistic step to declare the entire state as a total prohibition area,” Rout told […]

Coop banks mostly hit after demonetisation: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Cooperative banks in the state have been mostly affected due to the demonetisation, said Excise Minister Damodar Rout in the State Assembly here today. Replying to a question raised by Congress MLA Chiranjib Biswal, he said, “Following the demonetisation, cooperative banks in the country were barred from accepting and exchanging the demonetized Rs 500 […]

Excise minister rules out blanket ban on liquor

Bhubaneswar: Excise minister Damodar Rout today said the State government has no plans to impose a blanket ban on liquor in the State. Talking to newsmen, Rout said, “We don’t have any proposal to put a complete ban on liquor. Keeping the lifestyle during the present day society in view, the blanket ban is not […]

Dama at it again; questions govt machinery on Gouda issue

The BJD government in the State was pushed to the back foot on Sunday when Excise minister Damodar Rout questioned the efficacy of the government machinery after the issue of the fraudulent gazette notification by Dr Motilal Gouda came to the fore

Pranab Das emerges Minister No 1 in OTV SMS vote

People of Odisha have ranked Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das as the No.1 minister in the state with huge thumbs-up. Das has left Excise Minister Damodar Rout and Housing and Urban Development Minister Puspendra Singh Deo, who were voted No 2 and 3 spots respectively, far behind