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Botched up liqour policy in UP and Uttarakhand behind hooch tragedy
It is because liquor is so heavily taxed in Uttar Pradesh and in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand that there is an incentive to smuggle it in from other states like Haryana and Chandigarh where it is much cheaper.

But most dangerous trade is of illicit liquor which is home delivered in most colonies and in the rural areas of UP with the consent and connivance of the officials who should be there to check it.

Since the profit margins are so high there is an incentive to ply the trade as the difference between the cost of a bottle in UP and other states could be twice or thrice as much.

Both these states have the highest possible rates of liquor in the nation despite there being a very large population and very high consumption of liquor.

To add to the woes of the residents there is very high rate of corruption too among the government employees of the state namely the police department and the state excise department even though these two departments are not the only corrupt departments in the state. 

The state should encourage the production of local wines and liquors and regularise their production and use and make them safe. Instead it follows a regressive and hypocritical policy that makes it possible for criminals to flourish and play with the lives of humans rather than a policy that would make liquor cheap and provide employment to people by making it a cottage industry.

Yogi Adityanath, the CM of Uttar Pradesh and his neighbour in Uttarakhand where Yogi also hails from may like to blame political opponents for mischief over the hooch tragedy in the two states today but the truth of the matter is that the police in both states is hand in glove with the culprits and there would be no illicit liquor in the state if there was a proper state excise policy in the two states.

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