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Good news for alcoholics in Bengal, Mamata Banerjee decides to cut down on ‘dry days’

India TV Politics Desk Kolkata 23 Aug 2016, 17:51:40 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

While Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government has imposed a complete ban on liquor in the state, Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of neighbouring West Bengal has decided to reduce the number of ‘dry days’ in Bengal. 

According to an India Today report, the Bengal government has reduced the number of dry days in the state from 12 to just 4.5 now.

A new gazette notification issued by Bengal’s excise department states that all categories of “retail excise licensed outlets” selling liquor will remain closed on the following days.

Republic Day – whole day

Independence Day – whole day

Gandhi Jayanti – whole day

10th day of Muharram – whole day

Dol yatra (Holi in Bengal) – half day

However, bars attached to hotels with three stars and above and clubs will be allowed to serve liquor on all 365 days.


The decision, which comes just ahead of the festive season, is aimed at generating more revenue from the sale of alcohol.


It is worth mentioning here that in the last Budget session, the state government had estimated to earn to around 9 per cent of the total tax revenue from excise earnings.