‘Dry Day’ declared on poll days, counting day in dry state Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 30 | Publish Date: 3/30/2019 12:19:24 PM IST

In the wake of Lok Sabha elections, Manipur excise department on Saturday declared April 11, April 18 (poll days) and May 23 (counting day) as dry days.

An order of the state government has also declared holidays on poll days. Polling in the two Lok Sabha seats will take place on April 11 (for Outer Manipur (ST) Parliamentary Constituency and April 18 (for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency). The counting of vote is on May 23. These three days will be “Dry Day”, a public notification of the state excise department declared on Saturday.

The excise department declared these three days as dry days in pursuance of the section 135C of the Representation of People Act, 1951 and in exercise of the power conferred under section 17(3) of Eastern Bengal Assam Excise Act 1910 which is extended in state of Manipur.

Selling, giving or distribution of spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquor or other substances of like nature at hotels, eating house, tavern, shop or any other place, public or private have also been prohibited on these days, the notification added.

All the liquor license holders including exempted categories will be covered by the ban, it said.

Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991 and Manipur Liquor Prohibition Rule 1994, prohibiting sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), beer, and distilled illicit country liquor is in force in the state.

Despite this, the state excise department declared the days as Dry Day.

When asked the reason, an official of the department asserted that despite the prohibition, sale of this prohibited items by unauthorised individuals, vendors was rampant in the state. Well ahead of the poll scheduled announcement, the department had intensified drive to check flow of liquor in the state as part of measures being taken by the election authority to ensure smooth conduct of free, fair and peaceful election.

Meanwhile, Manipur government has declared holiday for all government offices and educational institutions, public sector undertakings and other establishments under the state government located within the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency on April 11 while that of Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency on April 18.

The state government further declared public holidays for all banks, financial institutions and LIC located within Outer PC on April 11 and within Inner PC on April 18, the poll days.

The days have been declared holidays in order to enable the employees in these sectors to exercise their right of franchise during the ensuing general election to the 17th Lok Sabha-2019, a government order issued today stated.

The order further stated that to enable them to exercise their right of franchise, those government employees/banks employees, public sector undertaking employees etc. serving outside their constituencies in Outer PC and Inner PC can avail special casual leave on poll days.

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