Rajesh asks LG not to hike retail excise duty

JAMMU, May 13: Jammu Warriors Front (JWF) Chairman Rajesh Gupta has warned the Lieutenant Governor of J&K UT, G.C Murmu not to hike the retail excise duty by 50 per cent. He said that during the past few days’ discussion was going on about imposition of additional retail excise duty and finally the Finance Department has submitted a proposal for the consideration of the Administrative Council.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday Gupta asked administration not try to disturb the peace of Jammu by increasing retail excise duty by 50 per cent. He added Jammu Warriors Front will launch agitation from Lakhanpur to Banhial. He threatened that JWF cadre will come on roads and will not see the COVID 19.
Gupta said JWF will not allow the government to loot the general public by levying heavy excise duty as already alcoholic beverages rates in J&K are sky rocketing and highest among other states and UT’s of country.
Gupta said by exceeding the retail excise duty government is doing great injustice

to the people. On one side Prime Minister Narendra Modi come up with concrete relief measures for a larger section of the society with Rs 20 lakh crore to give new lease of life whose livelihood has got affected in view of COVID 19 outbreak in the country and on the other side the J&K UT Government want to crush common man by increasing retail excise duty.
JWF Chief said “we will not tolerate such kind of dictatorship.” He said government must be aware of this thing that a big chunk of government income comes from Excise Department only.
Gupta said it is very astonishing that on the matter of liquor no leader of any political or social organization has raised any issue.
Gupta said he is not favoring the people who are regular drinker of alcoholic beverages but trying to make the administration trying to understand the psychology of alcoholic persons. He asked LG if a person who is habitual alcoholic he has to buy the whiskey even after increasing it by 200 per cent but just imagine the repercussions, how a person who with very difficulty able to get by current price and after hike in retail excise duty that person will start stealing, looting and shall also increase in number of domestic violence. Already poor and middle class people are financially broken, he added.

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