Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is not one who is averse to spirituality, but he is definitely against spirits which can inebriate men. The chief minister Wednesday warned state officials of action if the ban on liquor shops is not implemented in all earnest in religious places like Ayodhya, Vrindavan, Chitrakoot and Deva Sharif.
At a meeting with officials of the Excise Department, he also directed that a new excise policy be chalked out with a view to increasing the state's revenue.
“Strict action will be initiated against officials in case total prohibition was not imposed around religious places and officials responsible will be punished,” the chief minister warned officials.
Adityanath directed officials that the 8,544 liquor shops, the location of which need to be changed following a Supreme Court order, should be allowed to function only at a prescribed distance from schools, places of worship, hospitals and populated areas.
There should be total prohibition in the one-km area around Kashi Vishvanath Temple in Varanasi, Krishna Janmasthan in Mathura and Sangam in Allahabad, he said.