As the consecration ceremony (pran pratishtha) of Lord Ram unfolds in Ayodhya on January 22, several states in the country have chosen to observe a ‘dry day,’ prohibiting the sale of alcohol and meat to mark this auspicious occasion.
The Uttar Pradesh excise department, aligning with the significant event at the Ram Mandir, has issued a directive to all liquor shops, instructing them to refrain from selling alcoholic beverages on January 22, 2024.
The official notice from the UP Excise Commissioner reads, “In view of the Pran Pratishtha ceremony scheduled for January 22, 2024, all liquor shops in the state will remain closed on this day, as per the government order dated 11-01-2024. Licensees are not entitled to any compensation or claim for the closure. Compliance is mandatory.”
In Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has officially declared January 22 as a ‘dry day’ in the state. In a social media post, the CM announced, “Decisions taken in today’s meeting of the #AssamCabinet – Dry Day on 22.01.2024 on the occasion of Pran Pratishtha of Shri Ram Lalla Virajman.”
Additionally, the CM highlighted the approval of the “Mukhyamantri Mahila Udyamita Abhiyan,” a scheme aimed at financially supporting rural women entrepreneurs.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has instructed district magistrates to designate January 22 as a dry day in the state. Emphasizing the significance of the day, Dhami has directed the distribution of ‘prasad’ in major temples and Gurudwaras, with an added focus on including Uttarakhand’s millets in the prasad.
The chief minister also stressed arrangements for providing prasad to the underprivileged through public participation.
Chhattisgarh is also partaking in this observance, as the state government has opted to declare a ‘dry day’ on January 22nd. Directives from the Chhattisgarh Excise Department ensure the strict implementation of this decision, with the closure of all country liquor and foreign liquor retail shops, restaurant bars, hotel bars, and clubs within the state on the designated day.
To further ensure compliance and curb illicit activities related to liquor, an investigative team has been formed to monitor suspicious locations and vehicles.
All district offices, along with divisional and state-level flying squads, have received instructions to take effective measures to prevent the illegal transportation and sale of liquor.