PUNJAB ORDERS OBSERVANCE OF ‘DRY DAY’ PERIOD 48 HOURS PRIOR TO POLLING
• LIQUOR SALE IN 3 KM AREA BORDERING PUNJAB IN ALL NEIGHBORING STATES BANNED
Chandigarh, May 14:
The Punjab Government has issued directions to ensure the strict compliance of the guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI) concerning observance of the ‘Dry Day’ period on the polling day of the Parliamentary Constituency poll in the state.
Disclosing this here today, Chief Electoral Officer Dr. S. Karuna Raju said that as per the guidelines of the ECI, the sale of liquor will be prohibited in the state of Punjab 48 hours prior to the polling day and ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll i.e. 6 PM on May 19, 2019. Similarly, the prohibition of sale of liquor in 3 KMS of adjoining areas of neighbouring states will also be ensured through concerned departments of those states. These Steps are aimed to stop any clandestine movement of liquor from those areas, he added.
These directions have been issued to all Additional Chief Secretaries, Financial Commissioners/Principal Secretaries, Administrative Secretaries, Director General of Police, Heads of Departments, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Sub Divisional Magistrates.