Ramlala’s life is to be consecrated on January 22 in the Ram temple of Ayodhya. Keeping this in mind, different states have decided to ban the sale of liquor and meat on that day. The Excise Department of Uttar Pradesh has directed all liquor shops to remain closed on January 22. The notice issued by the UP Excise Commissioner said, ‘You are aware that the consecration ceremony will be held in the Ram temple of Ayodhya on January 22, 2024. In view of this, it was decided that all the liquor shops in the state will remain closed on January 22. The Licensee will not be entitled to any compensation or claim in respect of this closure. Make sure to follow the instructions.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has declared January 22 as a dry day in the state. He posted on X and said, ‘In the Assam Cabinet meeting, it was decided to keep a dry day on the occasion of the consecration of Ram Lalla Virajman. Also, Chief Minister Women Entrepreneurship Campaign was approved. This is a new scheme which will financially support rural women entrepreneurs.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has directed to keep January 22 as a dry day in the state. He instructed the District Magistrates to ensure its compliance. Dhami stressed on the system of distributing Prasad to the underprivileged through public participation. CM advised to distribute Prasad in major temples and Gurudwaras on January 22. There was also talk of including millet from Uttarakhand in this Prasad.
Chhattisgarh government has decided to celebrate dry day on 22 January. Instructions have been issued by the Excise Department to ensure strict compliance with this decision of the government. It was said that the decision regarding dry day has been taken under sub-section (1) of Section 24 of Chhattisgarh Excise Act, 1915. All country liquor and foreign liquor retail shops, restaurant bars, hotel bars and clubs will remain closed within the state on January 22.