The sale of liquor has been banned by Jammu and Kashmir government for Muslim majority state of the country. Liquor sale generates biggest revenue for the vendors in J&K.
The data has been examined by Jammu and Kashmir excise department and it was found that Rs 531.88 crore revenue has been generated in the year 2015-16 as compared to Rs 464.88 crore in 2014-15.
In 2013-14, the department collected a revenue of Rs 439.04 crore from liquor sales in the state.
"People should decide what they ought to do. We can't force our will on them. Let the issue be addressed in the ambit of freedom of choice," said Haseeb A Drabu, J&K minister.
Drabu said individuals should decide for themselves not the government. "Choices are not enforced in the free society," he said.
Many religious and civil society groups are also demanding to prohibit liquor in Gujarat and Bihar state as well.
To ban liquor in J&K, ‘pro ban’ campaign is being led by Karwan-e-Islami (KeI), one of the largest religious organizations in J&K. "We will not remain silent. The government's decision is unfortunate. We will intensify our campaign after the Eid. We will hit the streets to press for our demands to ban the liquor in the state", Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, chairman of KeI told DNA .
The data revealed that around 219718 lakh bottles of different varieties of liquor was sold in J&K in 2015-16 year. Around 169161 lakh bottles of liquor was sold in the state in 2014-15. In 2013-14, around 1,53,563 lakh bottles of liquor was sold in J&K.