At a time when private milk production units are battling allegations of adulteration, a Government run Aavin milk outlet is facing a rather different kind of allegation – of black-marketing alcohol. Food safety officials on Thursday found 11 bottles of beer at an Aavin outlet in Vellore, reports Times of India.
According to the report, the alcohol bottles were found when an officer of the food safety and drug administration Dr J Venkatesan and his subordinated were conducting a check at the outlet. They immediately alerted the district officials and left the location. Following this, assistant manager of Tasmac Vincent and personnel attached to Vellore North police station reportedly rushed to the spot. They however could not find the bottles of alcohol.
A friend of the employee reportedly bought a case of beer, consumed one bottle and left the rest at the outlet. Police and Aavin are conducting inquiries into the incident.
Following the closure of over 1000 shops due to 'phased prohibition' and a Supreme Court order regarding national highways, alcohol is seen being sold in unlikely places. A TNM investigation revealed that sales are still high and liquor is even sold in black outside working hours.
According to data released by the Minister for Electricity, Prohibition and Excise revenue - liquor sales till May this fiscal year has surpassed the previous annum by a whopping Rs.1,149 crore. While the total revenue from sale of liquor came up to Rs.25,845 crore between 2015 and 2016, the succeeding year has seen revenue rise up to Rs.26,995 crore (till May).