Lucknow: After a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and a controversial, but popular, campaign against ‘Romeos’ in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now banned alcohol at pilgrimage places and ordered the formation of a new excise policy.
According to the state government, there is no place for alcohol at religious places which are visited by pilgrims throughout the year. Ayodhya and Chitrakoot are associated with Ram, while Vrindavan is a sacred place for devotees of Krishna. Misrikh Naimisharanya in Sitapur district is another pilgrimage place for Hindus.
There should be total prohibition in the one kilometre area around Kanshi Vishvanath Temple in Varanasi, Krishna Janmasthan in Mathura and Sangam in Allahabad, he said.
“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 during the meeting held late last night.
Adityanath also told the Excise Department officials to chalk out on priority, a new excise policy with a view to increasing revenue.