Gandhinagar: The newly amended and framed liquor permit norms by the Gujarat government have not gone down well with the ex-army men and they have come out in protest regarding the same. Bhutpurva Sainya Shakti Ekta Sangathan said that liquor is not an addiction but a tonic for them. The organization had staged a protest at Satyagrah Chhavni in Gandhinagar on Thursday. They have threatened to hold a massive protest rally against the government if it fails to implement a fair law regarding liquor permits.

Six months ago, the state government had announced new norms for gaining a permit for liquor in Gujarat. In which, those looking to renew their permits will have to compulsorily spend 15 days in a de-addiction center and get themselves certified. Also, the permit will be issued by a panel of three doctors who will decide on the number of units allowed for each person holding the permit. Even ex-army men were covered under this new rule. Unhappy with this, the retired soldiers decided to protest against the government.

One of the protesting ex-soldiers Ashok Parmar said that liquor is tonic for the army men and not an addiction and thus they should be kept exempt from the newly amended and introduced rules for renewal and issuing of liquor permits. He further added that the ex-army men have given the state government a month’s time to think over this and make changes accordingly or else on July 22, the former army men will take out a massive protest rally in the state capital.

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