Shillong, Nov 19: The State unit of the BJP today has opposed the introduction of Central Bonded Warehouse (CBW) in the State.
Bernard N Marak, state vice president said that the CBW will monopolise the liquor business in Meghalaya and few people will control the entire supply of liquor in the State.
“Like coal, not all consignments will be legally shown and all the hidden consignments will be sent to the market without proper tax imposed on them which will be a loss to the State’s revenue,” Marak said.
The state BJP, leader alleged that few ministers want to control the supply of liquor just like coal by amending an existing Excise law without taking it to the floor of the House.
“Cabinet cannot do everything at will as such major changes have to follow legal procedure and be passed in the floor of the House,” he said.
Marak also said that the BJP wants State government to stop introduction of CBW and allow the bonded houses to function as they are running now.
He said that if any change to the existing law is attempted without following proper procedure, BJP will not hesitate to reveal the actual masterminds of CBW including the ministers.
Marak said that all legal aspects are being observed by the Meghalaya BJP including the 25 percent hike on alcohol during lockdown which is still continuing till now is unjustified.
“The entire liquor business is now eyed by certain ministers as CBW will allow them to monopolise the liquor business separately in Khasi and Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills. Like coal, major liquor consignments will not be reflected legally in record and the unrecorded consignments will benefit the owners profiting them and of course the Ministers,” Marak alleged.
He also said that allowing CBW will be like allowing illegal supply of liquor into the market which will be a huge loss of revenue to the State.