June 14: Home minister V.S. Acharya on Monday said the state government has no intentions of extending the deadline beyond 11.30 pm for bars, restaurants, five star and other major hotels. Speaking to reporters here, Dr Acharya said he was aware of the statements of his Cabinet colleague, M.P. Renukacharya, appearing in newspapers, about the need to extend the timings at least of five star hotels and major hotels in major cities beyond midnight.
“I am aware of the statements. But I strongly feel that there is no need to extend the timings in view of the safety of the public. Security risk is the main issue. I sincerely feel even the Chief Minister has the same opinion. As of now, there is no proposal before the government about extending the timings of bar and restaurants and five star hotels beyond 11.30 pm,” he said. When reminded about Mr Renukacharya’s statement that he had called for a meeting of excise officials and hotel owners on June 18 to decide about issue of extension of the deadline, Dr Acharya said his colleague had only expressed his opinion and there was nothing wrong with it.
“These things have to be discussed before a final decision is taken,” Dr Acharya said. When police commissioner Shankar Bidri had expressed concern about the law and order situation if the deadline was extended, Mr Renukacharya had even curtly replied that the police officer should stick to his job and not interfere with policy decisions. (Deccan Chronicle)