The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to shut 58 liquor shops located within five kilometers from the banks of river Narmada.
Moreover, the government has also asked liquor shops to keep a record of the habitual drinkers.
"State cabinet has given the nod to shut 58 shops located within five kilometers from the banks of river Narmada. These shops are located across 12 districts of the state," MP Public Relations Minister Narottam Mishra told journalists after the cabinet meeting on Monday.
At the public rally in the ongoing 'Namami Devi Narmade - Sewa Yatra', Chouhan on Monday talked about the evils of drinking liquor. He said drinking is not only injurious to health but also disturbs family life.
"I have decided to shut all liquor shops along the Narmada banks. I hope you all are happy, and no one is disappointed with my decision," he said, reports The Times of India.
His statements were echoed by Mishra who said that the state may be heading towards a 'complete prohibition'. "Chief Minister's intent seems to be leading in that direction," he said.
And it doesn't end there. MP also wants liquor shops to keep a record of the habitual drinkers.
“It’s easy to identify those who turn up daily. The information will be used to find out if they need de-addiction treatment,’’ Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya told The Indian Express. Besides, the police stations will also be asked to maintain a record of habitual offenders in liquor-related cases.
The state cabinet also approved the liquor policy for the financial year 2017-18 on Monday.
Here are some other key measures taken by the state:
(With inputs from PTI)