As per the new rules, applicants seeking third renewal will have to undergo a 15 day long treatment to quit drinking.
“The move is aimed at deterring people from seeking permit on false health grounds. Permit will be renewed only if a de-addiction centre certifies that the applicant cannot do without alcohol,” said a senior prohibition officer.
A five-fold hike in the permit fee — from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 — has also been proposed. The last fee hike was effected in 1999 when the charges were raised from a Rs 100 to Rs 1,000.
As per the existing laws, district civil surgeon is the sole authority to issue medical…