Jamshedpur, Aug. 18: With no firms coming forward to bid for auction of liquor shops, the East Singhbhum district administration has decided to conduct it every week on Friday.
This means liquor shops in the district would remain closed for a longer duration.
“The process would continue till a bidder comes forward for the auction. We have failed to attract a bidder till now and, therefore, we thought of conducting the process again,” said deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Rabindra Agrawal.
All the 91 foreign liquor shops in the East Singhbhum district remained close for the past one and half month.
Earlier, the state government cancelled the auctioning process that was finalised by the district.
Sources in Jharkhand excise department claimed that doldrums in state’s politics is discouraging the bidders from taking part in the auction process of East Singhbhum that fetches one of the highest revenue for state.
Though, the district administration has sent the name of Calcutta-based firm Gajananda Impex for notification there is little chance that the shops here would open in coming days.
The firm participated in the first auction in East Singhbhum on July 20 after quoting Rs 3.5 crore per month.
Sources said Seraikela-Kharsawan district administration, in its recommendation letter to the state government, has pointed that only one bidder took part in the process and a “mutual agreement” could not be ruled out.
The administration claimed that a mutual agreement between bidders might bring lower revenue to the state coffer.