Hyderabad, July 25 (NSS): The Minister for Excise, Mr. Mopidevi Venkataramana has said that a notification would be released soon for new wine shops in 13 new municipalities and 45 wine shops in Hyderabad.

            The Minister on Monday distributed cheques worth Rs. 11.8 lakhs to the families of toddy-tapers who accidentally lost their lives and those who were  handicapped in accidents.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Venkataramana has said permits would be given to new wine shops and bars in 13 new municipalities as per the rules. In addition to them, notification would be issued for 45 more wine shops in the state capital, he added. He said he didn’t say liquor traders were not violating the MRP norm. He Excise department personnel were frequently conducting raids on wine shops and booking cases on those selling liquor at prices more than the MRP.

The Minister has announced that the government henceforth would pay the compensation to the family members of toddy toppers who accidentally loose their lives and those who become handicapped, instead of through insurance company. He said that problems had arisen earlier, due to the involvement of insurance companies. The Government has allocated 2.40 crore in the budget for the purpose, he added. Compensation worth RS 69 lakhs has been extended to such toddy trappers so far. In the coming one or two months, compensation would be paid to families of 61 deceased and 160 handicapped toddy trappers. The Government has been extending ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs for the kin of the deceased toddy tapers and Rs. 50,000 to the handicapped.

“The Committee setup by the Government to study processing “neera” from ‘toddy’ has visited Maharashtra and Gujarath and would submit report after visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where the process being in implemented. After receiving the report from the committee, the Government will take a decision in the matter. The process of Neera from toddy will provide employment to the toddy tapers”, the Minister said.

The Excise Minister said that the ‘toddy compounds’ were not given permission in Hyderabad city as there were no toddy plants in the area. He also accepted that there were problems in allocation of five acres of land in each mandal for plantation of toddy trees.

Mr. G Krishna Murthy Goud, Chairman of A P Toddy Tapers Cooperative Finance Corporation Limited and others were present. (NSS)


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