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No gender discrimination in liquor license to women

Jammu, January 16, 2008:

The government in Indian administered Kashmir today denied that any gender based discrimination was being done in issuing licenses for liquor outlets in the state.

Replying to a question in the lower house of the bicameral state legislature, Minister of State for Revenue Aijaz Ahmad Khan said that women applicants were treated at par while issuing licenses.

No sex-based discrimination is made while selecting applicants for issuance of such licenses. "Licenses in the names of females who had applied for the same have been issued in the past," Khan informed the Legislative Assembly.

The Minister said that 65 vends were selected through draw of lots in the 2005 and the issue became sub judice in the matter of Sandiya Devi Vs State.

Therefore, no shop and vend licenses were issued during the last two years.

He further said that the total consumption of various kinds of liquors during last two years in the state are; IMFL (Indian made foreign liquor) 191.51 lakh bottles and beer 53.81 lakh bottles in Jammu division consumed during the year 2006-07 while as in Kashmir division IMFL 3.85 lakh bottles and beer 1.65 lakh bottles were consumed during the same year.

In the year 2007-08 up to ending November 133.37 lakh bottles IMFL and 63.21 lakh bottles of beer were consumed in Jammu division while as 4.14 lakh bottles of IMFL and 4.09 lakh bottles of beer were consumed during the same period.

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