Aadhaar A Must For Entry Into Hyderabad Pubs Now 

19 Sep, 2017 10:29 IST|Sakshi
The department has asked owners of all pubs across the city to ensure that their clients carry their Aadhaar cards to prove their age.

Hyderabad: In addition to the already existing restrictions for an entry into a pub, the Telangana government made Aadhaar card a must for pub hoppers now.

The Prohibition and Excise Department has made identity cards, particularly Aadhar cards, mandatory to get drinks in pubs in the city.

The move comes in the wake of several pubs coming under the scanner of the department for turning into hubs of sale and consumption of drugs and other psychotropic substances. This was detected during the investigation into the sensational drug racket case involving several personalities from the Telugu film industry, which was busted in July.

Investigators had found that several transactions pertaining to cocaine, Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and other drugs were carried out at some of the pubs in the city, with suppliers meeting their clients at pubs, officials said.

The department has asked owners of all pubs across the city to ensure that their clients carry their Aadhaar cards to prove their age. Those who are below 21 years of age won't be allowed into a pub.

The government also instructed the managements to maintain a separate register to enter details of those visiting their pubs. The move would not only keep underaged persons away from visiting pubs but also enable the department from easily tracing those found to be involved in drugs with the help of ID proofs, officials said.

Excise Superintendent and SIT chief S. Srinivas Rao said licence norms already stipulate that managements verify identity proof of those visiting pubs. “It’s not a new rule. We are only implementing an existing rule,” he said.

The SIT had earlier issued warning letters to managements of 14 pubs in the city and suspended the licence of F Club. A meeting was also conducted with representatives from the hoteliers’ associations on measures to be taken to prevent the drug menace.

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