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Monday, August 8, 2016

Parsekar shows ‘spirit’, declares feni a ‘heritage’ product

Bill to make the brew a heritage spirit introduced; also seeks to declare certain areas as ‘no alcohol zones’; to be on equal footing as Single malt and Tequilla

PANJIM: Our very own feni, will finally get a spirited boost. The government on Monday introduced the Bill amending the Excise Act to give the traditional local brew of feni a heritage tag and also declare certain areas as ‘no alcohol zones’.

The amendment Bill was introduced in the Legislative Assembly on Monday by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar. In the statement of objects and reasons, the Chief Minister said Goa government has decided to separately define ‘feni’ and establish its unique and well deserving status by declaring the liquor as the “Heritage Spirit of Goa.”
Introducing the amendment, the draft bill states that feni has multifaceted use in cultural traditions, cuisines, medical purpose and others which are synonymous to the Goan identity.
The government said the objective of the amendment is to reach out the Geographical Indications (GI) to the primary and traditional stakeholders. It will also enable trade in world markets positioning it on an equal footing with single malt whiskeys and tequila.
The bill also seeks to amend a sub-section to empower the government to declare a space, place, area in the state as “no alcohol consumption zone”. “Government is receiving a number of complaints of consumption of liquor in open spaces, public places, beaches, public roads, State and National highways, mostly by visiting tourists,” the bill states.
“Upon consumption of liquor, the bottles and cans are strewn around causing environmental degradation and causing harm to pedestrians accessing the area,” it adds.
“Such persons, after being in an inebriated state, cause nuisance to general public, disturb the peaceful order in the area and cause local tension, thereby posing a law and order situation on a regular basis,” the draft bill mentions.

Herald Goa News

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