Hike in minimum wages, no new liquor shops in Delhi this year, says Arvind Kejriwal

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Updated: August 17, 2016 4:43:46 PM

In a press conference held on Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal explained the hike in the minimum wages that was announced on Independence Day and declared that no new liquor shops will be opened in Delhi this year.

Arvind Kejriwal pti 660“The hike will give a boost to the rural sector and push for progress. Our government will make sure that the poor are benefited from this,” said Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)

In a press conference held on Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal explained the hike in the minimum wages that was announced on Independence Day and declared that no new liquor shops will be opened in Delhi this year.

Addressing the press conference, Kejriwal said, “Delhi cabinet has approved the Minimum Wage rise in Delhi. On the whole, an unskilled labourer gets Rs 9,500. We are increasing it to approximately Rs 14,000.Semi-skilled workers get Rs. 10,500, which will now be 15,500 and a skilled labourer will get 17,000 instead of 11,600. We have given a minimum 50% hike in all sectors.”

He added that this has been the highest hike given in the minimum wages. ” The hike will give a boost to the rural sector and push for progress. Our government will make sure that the poor are benefited from this hike,” said Delhi Chief Minister.

“No new liquor shops will be opened in Delhi this year. The ones that are existing will be checked upon as neighbors residing in the area face inconvenience due to alcoholics roaming nearby, consequently making it unsafe for women and girls. All the owners of the alcohol shops operating in Delhi, are responsible for the actions that take place outside the shop. There shouldn’t be any nuisance outside these liquor shops,” said Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.

For the existing wine and beer shops, Mohalla Sabha will take a decision on them. People in the area of the shop can decide over the future of the liquor shop and the Mohalla Sabha will constitute of atleast 33% women, added Sisodia.

If 10% of the voters residing in the area decide that the alcohol shop is causing them difficulties in matter of safety, they can write to their Mohalla Sabha which will in turn call a meeting. If two-third of the people in the meeting agree on getting it shifted or closed, the decision will be taken as final. People now have the power to change the dynamics when it comes to this. Janta jahan chahegi wahan sharab ki dukaan khulegi, jahan chahegi wahan band ho jaayegi, said Sisodia.

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