BAR OWNERS LAY SIEGE TO TAMIL NADU MINISTER’S RESIDENCE

Alleging irregularities in tenders, for running the bars attached to the state-owned Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (Tasmac ) outlets, bar owners and workers on Monday laid siege to the house of the minister for electricity, prohibition and excise, V Senthil Balaji.

This is the first such complaint against a sitting minister since the DMK formed the government in May. Tasmac has a monopoly over liquor sale — one of the highest revenue making avenues — in the state.

The protesters said they were given licence for two years starting from 30 September 2019 to 2021 to collect the bottles and sell eatables in the Tasmac shops or bars located in 38 districts. “During this period, for almost 15 months we had to remain shut due to Covid-19 lockdown. This is our livelihood,” said M Balamurugan, secretary of the Tasmac Bar Owners and Workers’ Welfare Association. We protested in front of the minister’s house as he is doing favouritism in the tender process, he said.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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