PANJIM: Even as the district administration has imposed restrictions on the sale and serving of liquor while the code of conduct lasts, events such as weddings have been allowed relaxations subject to approval from the Excise Department. However, a senior officer said there won’t be any compromise on dry days.
“Timing for functions (non political events) that requires serving of liquor can be relaxed provided the department grants an approval. The concerned party/individual should address the request letter to the Excise Commissioner and submit to their respective Excise Inspector. The higher ups will then take a call whether or not to grant permission,” the officer said.
The North District Magistrate recently directed that all bars, shops, pubs, shacks, clubs, provision stores or any establishment serving or selling liquor should shut operations by 11 pm till the Code of Conduct is in force.
The notification also warned that any establishment violating the order would face cancellation of licenses and the owner or offender shall be liable for penal action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code and Section 30 of the Excise Duty Act, 1964.