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UP Govt Says Manufacture of Alcohol Only for Sanitisers, Decision on Beer & Wine Sale Post April 20

Policemen guard a near-empty crossing in Lucknow.  (News18: Qazi Faraz Ahmad)

Policemen guard a near-empty crossing in Lucknow. (News18: Qazi Faraz Ahmad)

On the other hand the state government is also trying to attract investors moving out of China to the state, which would help in reviving the pandemic-hit economy.

Lucknow: Soon after a letter from Principal Secretary Excise and Sugar Industry and Cane Development, Sanjay R Bhoosreddy went viral asking breweries and distilleries to start productions, many people in rejoiced as they started expecting sales of beer and wine to go start soon as well.

However, the excise department has now made clear that only alcohol will be manufactured in these distilleries which will be used in production of hand sanitisers.

The packaging, marketing and sales are banned till GOI and State Government decide on it after April 20.

A senior official of UP Excise Department said there won’t be any sale of liquor in the state. An order was issued around March 20 to all the distilleries to manufacture alcohol based-hand sanitisers in their distilleries where liquor was manufactured/brewed.

Only sanitiser manufacturing and sale is permitted in these distilleries due to the coronavirus outbreak, the official said.

On the other hand the state government is also trying to attract investors moving out of China to the state, which would help in reviving the pandemic-hit economy.

The Uttar Pradesh government is formulating and altering some its policies to woo investors to relocate to the state.

The idea to attract investors pulling out of China was floated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a high-level key meeting held in presence of MSME Minister Sidharth Nath Singh and Industrial Development Minister Satish Mahana on Wednesday.

Meanwhile as per the latest data from UP Health Department, 21,384 people have been tested for coronavirus, out of which 805 have been found positive for Covid-19 and 20,374 have tested negative.

The test reports of 205 people are still awaited. The state has also recorded 13 deaths from coronavirus, including one each from Basti, Meerut, Varanasi, Bulandshehar, Kanpur and Lucknow.

Two deaths have been reported from Moradabad and five from Agra. A total of 82 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the state on Thursday.

first published:April 16, 2020, 22:58 IST