A decision about the public’s reaction to wine sales over the counter will be made shortly, according to state excise department minister Shambhuraj Desai, who was in Pune for a review meeting. Desai promised to make an effort to persuade the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) administration and would give deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis a report.
The state government had issued a draught notification inviting suggestions and objections from the larger citizenry across the state before moving forward with implementation on the ground following the state cabinet’s decision to allow the sale of wine at supermarkets and grocery shops with premises spread out over 1,000 square feet in January 2022.
Desai intends to research the results of the public’s views regarding the over-the-counter sale of alcohol in super markets before presenting a proposal to the BJP. Desai stated, “I will evaluate how the urban and rural have tackled this matter and then take a judgement. The opinion survey ended in July and the findings have been tabulated, but due to the political commotion, they have been put on hold.
The action was taken after the state cabinet decision was opposed by a number of parties, including the BJP, which was at the time the opposition.
We are focusing on two areas to boost revenue in the Pune district. It is widely known that Pune is one of the most significant segments where we have witnessed good growth over the years. According to Desai, the majority of wine producers are from Maharashtra, according to Desai.
When asked about the BJP’s opposition to the program, Desai said that the government is now in place, and he will try to convince the BJP that the draught policy will directly help farmers rather than large corporations if the sales are allowed.
According to a September 4 article in Hindustan Times, the state excise commissionerate had received more than 12,000 recommendations and complaints regarding the state cabinet’s decision to permit the sale of wine in supermarkets. Out of the 12,000 suggestions, 4,500 were opposed to the choice and 7,500 were in favour of the outcome with suggestions for revisions.