Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Monday, apart from holding discussions on the demand proposals of Congress government’s maiden main Budget 2019-20, approved a major decision, wherein, the State Government has decided to extend the tenure of five years age relaxation allowed to local candidates of Chhattisgarh on government jobs, by another five years.

The Cabinet meeting which was held at Mantralaya on Monday evening, also discussed on new Excise Policy for 2019-20 and approved the decision to hike the excise duty rates and closing down 50 liquor shops. The Cabinet also approved a decision to constitute a Cabinet Sub-Committee under the chairmanship of Home Minister Tamradhawaj Sahu, which will examine cases registered against political activists for participating in political agitations, so that such cases can be withdrawn.

Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Monday, approved the proposal to increase the tenure of 5 years age relaxations being extended to local candidates from Chhattisgarh for another five years. It is worth mentioning here that the age limit for government jobs in Chhattisgarh is 35 years, but the previous government had given a relaxation of five years for candidates who belong to Chhattisgarh, the tenure of which has come to an end. Keeping this in view, the State Government proposed for increase in the tenure for another five years, which the Cabinet approved. However, the age relaxations given to other special categories, will continue as earlier and their maximum age limit relaxations will be up to 45 years.

BJP takes jibe at Congress Govt
Commenting on the Cabinet decision regarding hiking the excise duty rates and closing down 50 liquor shops, Bharatiya Janata Party said that the State Government instead of fulfilling the promise of total prohibition, is planning to fill its coffers from liquor sale.

In a statement issued by BJP State Spokesperson Srichand Sundrani said the Chhattisgarh government has tricked the people of Chhattisgarh on the issue of implementing total prohibition. He said that the state government by closing down merely 50 liquor outlets, wants to earn accolades, on the contrary, it is clearly misleading people. He said that Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had recently stated that whenever the society will demand, total prohibition will be implemented. The truth is right from poor to rich, all cross-section of society want that total prohibition in the state but it is an irony that the Congress government after making promise of total prohibition is back tracking from its implementation. Sundrani further added that instead of closing down, the State Government is all set to earn more revenue from the liquor business by hiking the excise duty on liquor.