New Delhi, March 23 2021|| News Desk

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Addressing a press conference on 23 March, Ex-MLA and senior Congress leader Ms. Alka Lamba said that it was ironic and shocking that Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, announced the new excise policy to lower the liquor consumption age from 25 to 21 years, very well knowing that at this age, most youngsters would be pursuing their education, and dependent on their families for sustenance. She said that the minimum age for drinking was pegged at 25 years with a specific purpose, as by then most young people would be in a position to take mature decisions.

Ex-MLA and senior Congress leader Ms. Alka Lamba said that the new Excise Policy of the Arvind Government, intended to boost the revenue collection by an additional Rs 2000 crore, will not only ruin the lives of the youth, but many families as well, who are already stressed out by the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. She said that Delhi has already earned notoriety for being “No 1” in pollution, Corona deaths on the basis of per lakh population, unemployment, price rise, crimes against women, and No 3 as the worst-affected in the fourth Covid wave, behind Brazil and the United States.

She said that the Congress party strongly objects to this destructive policy, and demanded its roll back. She said that Shri Rajiv Gandhi gave voting rights to 18-year-olds while the Arvind Government was giving liquor bottles to the youth of the Capital. Shri Parvez Alam was also present at the media briefing.

Delhi Congress workers, under the leadership of Ch. Anil Kumar, will hold a demonstration tomorrow (Wednesday), 24th March, 2021 at 11 a.m outside the residence of the Chief Minister at Civil Lines, to protest against the new excise policy.

Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan on 23 March, Ms Alka Lamba said that it was ironic and shocking that Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, announced the new excise policy to lower the liquor consumption age from 25 to 21 years, very well knowing that at this age, most youngsters would be pursuing their education, and dependent on their families for sustenance. She said that the minimum age for drinking was pegged at 25 years with a specific purpose, as by then most young people would be in a position to take mature decisions.

Ms. Alka Lamba asked the eight women Aam Aadmi Party MLAs whether they support the new excise policy, as the ill-effects of it would be felt by  women. She said that Chief Minister Arvind had announced that each of the 272 MCD wards would be given three liquor vends, under pressure from the liquor mafia, as presently, 80 wards are without any liquor shops. She said that the Shiela Dikshit-headed Congress Government did not open liquor vends in these 80 wards as the local residents, particularly women, had objected. She asserted that Delhi Congress will not allow opening of liquor vends in these 80 MCD wards.

Ms. Alka Lamba said that Chief Minister Arvind had lied when he said that the AAP Government did not give license to open new liquor vends since 2016, though the truth was that around 420 new liquor vends were opened, and there are overall 1845 liquor shops the Capital, and not 850, as claimed by the Chief Minister.

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