Noida Liquor Shops Close Ahead of Elections; Paid Holiday for Voters

#Noida Lok Sabha Election: Liquor Shops Closed From 6 PM Today Until April 24; Paid Day Off for Employees on Polling Day

New Delhi : Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for April 26, liquor shops in Noida and Greater Noida within the Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency will be shut down for 48 hours starting Wednesday evening, officials announced. Subodh Kumar Srivastava, the District Excise Officer, stressed that strict enforcement of this order will be ensured across Gautam Buddh Nagar, with violators facing legal consequences such as fines or imprisonment as per regulations.

Srivastava explained that under the rules, all licensed liquor vendors in the area will cease operations from 6 PM on Wednesday (April 24) until 6 PM on Friday (April 26), coinciding with the end of voting. During this closure period, severe legal actions will be taken against anyone caught selling alcohol illegally, in accordance with Excise laws. The Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency is set to vote on April 26 during the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Paid Holiday for Government and Private Sector Employees
In a proactive effort to boost voter participation, Manish Kumar Verma, the Chief Electoral Officer and District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar, has declared a paid day off on April 26 for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2024. The decision mainly aims to facilitate and motivate all eligible employees either in the public and private sectors, to exercise their fundamental that is right to vote.

The holiday will be fully compensated, and it applies to all eligible employees working in government, private sector, businesses, or industries. According to the order, all eligible employees residing in Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency are entitled to a paid leave on polling day, provided they are registered voters there.

During the announcement, the District Magistrate urged all employees to strictly follow the guidelines to ensure the smooth conduct of elections. He emphasized the importance of respecting the electoral process’s integrity and warned against any breaches of established rules and regulations.


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