The Chief Minister of Gujarat and Rajasthan have been arguing fiercely over the past few days about prohibition of liquor. Accepting the challenge of CM Rupani, CM Gehlot has also taken steps towards prohibition of alcohol. Meanwhile, in the last two years, 252 crore liquor was caught in Gujarat.
Some figures were presented by the state government on the first day of Monday assembly session. In response to the Congress MLA’s question, the government admitted that between 1 November 2017 and 31 October 2019, the police recovered 1.38 crore bottles of foreign liquor made in India, 17.01 lakh bottles of beer and 18.58 lakh bottles of country liquor.
According to the Gujarat government, the total value of liquor confiscated has been estimated at Rs 231.40 crore. At the same time, the price of beer is estimated at around Rs 17.79 crore and that of country liquor is estimated at Rs 3.13 crore. However, there is a significant difference in the value of alcohol in the figures reported by the government and police. The average price per bottle of liquor recovered in Ahmedabad is stated to be Rs 298 and in Surat the average price per bottle is Rs 62.
The value of 8.40 lakh bottles recovered in Ahmedabad district has been reported to be around Rs 25.09 crore. At the same time, the value of 22.59 lakh bottles seized in Surat has been stated to be Rs 14.16 crore. Responding to the question of Congress MLA Akshay Kumar Patel, the government said that a total of 8.40 lakh bottles were seized in Ahmedabad, out of which 66% bottles were seized from rural areas and 34% from urban areas.
Not only this, in the last 2 years, 831 kg of hemp has also been caught. The maximum number of 3,534 kilograms of hemp has been captured from Surat, while 2,462 kg from Patan and 2,225 kg from Anand district and 69.60 kg charas and 3236 kg of opium from Gujarat have been captured by the police.