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Holograms, barcodes to reveal fake, illicit liquor in Maharashtra

The excise department had proposed these mandatory features of hologram and barcodes to curb the menace of spurious and illegal liquor in the state

 

All liquor bottles in Maharashtra will henceforth carry a hologram and barcode to ensure the contents are genuine, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Monday.
 
A decision to this effect, which will cover country (desi) liquor, major locally manufactured brands and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), was taken by the state cabinet at a meeting presided over by Fadnavis.
 
"This will check illicit or spurious liquor sales in the markets which cuts into the excise revenue of the state," Fadnavis said.
 
The decision assumes significance in the wake of the spurious liquor tragedy of June 17 last year which claimed 106 lives -- the worst in the state's history.
 
The excise department had proposed these mandatory features of hologram and barcodes to curb the menace of spurious and illegal liquor in the state.
 
With the barcode, it would simply require a scan from a mobile phone to check the genuineness or otherwise of the liquor bottle, through a special app that will be developed.
 
The measure will also enable a 'track and trace mechanism' of the bottle right from the manufacturer to the retailer and also make public its authenticity.
 
The barcode scan will provided details of the date and place of manufacture, its route from the distillery to the wholesaler and to the local retailer, among other things.
 
Retailers shall also be required to provide special lenses to buyers to enable them to read the covert security features of the hologram that are invisible to the naked eye to confirm its authenticity.
 
To be positioned near the lid/mouth of the bottle, the polyester-based hologram -- which cannot be duplicated or reused -- would also reveal if the bottle is smuggled or not.
 
An official from the Chief Minister's Office said the move will be implemented "very soon" after the relevant formalities are completed.
 
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PM Awas Yojana, Maharashtra order probe into cheap homes scheme
The Maple Group has invited applications from the general public offering 10,000 cheap flats to those eligible under PMAY and for Rs750,000 to those who are out of its purview
 
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and the Maharashtra government on Monday ordered a probe into a cheap housing scheme floated by a Pune developer promising a one-bedroom-hall kitchen flat for just Rs.500,000.
 
PMAY state mission director Nirmal Deshmukh (IAS) shot off a letter to the Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority and the PMAY State Level Nodal Agency to "take appropriate legal and criminal action at once", against the developer, Maple Group Aapla Ghar, Pune.
 
The Maple Group has invited applications from the general public offering 10,000 cheap flats to those eligible under PMAY and for Rs.750,000 to those who are out of its purview.
 
Ostensibly attempting to claim authenticity to the project, its big advertisements carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune guardian minister Girish Bapat.
 
An embarrassed Bapat distanced himself from the ads and clarified that he has never heard or met the builder nor was he associated with the project in any manner.
 
On his part, state Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said the Maple Group's project "was not connected in any manner with the central or state governments" and ordered a probe.
 
Among other things, the Maple Group sought applications with Rs.1,150 non-refundable amount, a down payment of Rs.50,000 and the balance amount after possession of the cheap flats.
 
In cleverly-worded terms, the Group said "it's a Maple Shelters initiative aligned to the PMAY and not a government scheme" and listed criterias to enjoy the benefits of PMAY.
 
These included joint income of the applicant and co-applicant to be less than Rs.600,000 per annum, it should be their 'first house', one of the co-owners must be a female, they should be eligible for a bank loan under PMAY, and the allotment would take place in the presence of the chief minister, depending on his availability.
 
The applications opened on April 14 and would continue till April 25 and according to some estimates, several thousands of people have already applied under the scheme in the past five days.
 
The allotment of 10,000 flats at 14 locations in and around Pune - by a lottery system - is expected to take place on "Maharashtra Housing Day", May 1. Officially there is no such day.
 
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Ola, Uber suspends surge pricing after Kejriwal warning

Kejriwal warned of strict action against online cab aggregators, specially Ola and Uber, over arbitrary surge pricing, a technique used by the cab aggregators to hike the fares owing to higher demand

 

Online cab service providers Uber and Ola on Monday suspended their surge pricing after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal threatened "strict action" against over-charging cabs.
 
"Given the threat to the livelihood of our partners, at the expense of reliability, we are temporarily suspending surge with immediate effect," Uber tweeted.
 
Uber did not specify if the surge pricing would resume after the second phase of the odd-even traffic scheme ends on April 30.
 
It also pledged to work with the Delhi government to provide reliable mobility solutions to people in the city, "especially at a time when the citizens need us the most".
 
Ola cab services also announced rollback of "peak pricing" in Delhi NCR. 
 
"To make the govenment's odd-even initiative a success, Ola has temporarily pulled out Peak Pricing in Delhi NCR," its business head (north) Deep Singh said in a statement.
 
Kejriwal warned of strict action against online cab aggregators, specially Ola and Uber, over arbitrary surge pricing, a technique used by the cab aggregators to hike the fares owing to higher demand.
 
The Delhi government on Monday directed the impounding of taxis charging exorbitant fare from the public.
 
Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai had said that apart from impounding taxis, they would also seize the licences of the taxi drivers and cancel their permit.
 
He said the order was applicable to all kinds of cab services including online aggregators as well as private taxis, radio taxis and black-and-yellow taxis.
 
The demand for taxis has shot up on account of the odd-even traffic scheme that started on April 15 and will run till April 30.
 
Under the scheme, aimed at battling pollution, diesel and petrol driven private vehicles with odd registration numbers can ply only on odd dates and those with even registration numbers on even dates.
 
Passengers complained that taxis were over-charging taking advantage of the scheme.
 
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COMMENTS

Param

1 year ago

this is just dumb!
fact is ola/uber have a different pricing model that uses distance + time at different rates. in effect their rate structure is different from the regular auto/taxi rates prescribed by RTO - which only charges waiting time if speed is below a threshold.
there is no point in fixing an upper limit on per/km rate for ola/uber as they can well compensate it by increasing per/min rate.
fact is, ola/uber is just another transport option. one is free to avoid them altogether & use auto/taxi.
by pushing a pricing model down the throat of a businesses, all we are ensuring is a shortage of supply.
if we have come to a point where travel in a/c vehicle is a birthright, something is really wrong with our sense of entitlement...

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