An instruction issued by the Goa excise division asking liquor retailer house owners to maintain their premises shut in view of the visit of Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the state has precipitated outrage in the coastal state with Goa Forward Party legislator Vijai Sardesai asking whether or not Goa now ceased to be a democracy and have become a monarchy.
The state excise division has issued directions to some liquor retailer house owners in Panaji, the state capital, the place Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to visit later as we speak, to stay shut with no different purpose being given aside from the truth that the directions had been being issued because the minister was visiting.
“The Union Finance Minister is visiting Goa on 11/06/2022 to dedicate ‘Dharohar’ the National Museum of Customs and GST. In view of the above you are directed to keep your licensed premises closed on 11/06/2022 till 8 pm,” mentioned the instruction issued by Surekha Gohar, the excise inspector of Tiswadi Taluka, beneath which the state capital falls.
Sardesai, by way of Twitter, referred to as the transfer absurd, authoritarian and laughable.
“The absurdity of shutting liquor shops by @GovtofGoa because of the #FinanceMinister @nsitharaman ’s visit is laughable! This is not only an arbitrary and authoritarian act but also a derogatory comment on the culture of #Goa and the decency of #Goemkars,” he tweeted.
Sitharaman can be visiting Goa as a part of the finance ministry’s “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Iconic Week” that can come to an finish on Saturday. The programme consists of a lot of occasions being showcased by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Departments of Revenue, Economic Affairs and Financial Services
The first occasion of the day would be the dedication of the National Museum of Customs and GST in Panaji adopted by inauguration of the GST Gallery. A brief movie titled ‘Dharohar’ will even be screened.
The Iconic Week additionally noticed the launch of varied citizen centric initiatives, monetary literacy programmes, lecture collection, seminars and symposia, observance of drug destruction day, cycle rallies and so on. The occasions held throughout the Iconic Week, from June 6 to 11, are chronicled in an e-Coffee Table Book.