Liquor bar opens at LBSNAA Academy of Bureaucrats in Mussoorie
The opening of the Liquor bar at LBSNAA the cradle of IAS offciers where they are imparted training to govern the country has raised several questions.
The senior bureaucrats are literally on high as they can now savour latest brands of Indian liquor at the officer’s mess of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) that became operational from the month of November last year. This is for the first time in the history of LBSNAA, the cradle of the IAS officers of the country, that a bar licence has been issued by the state excise department. However, the officials claim that only senior officers are allowed drinks and not the probationers who are only allowed drinks on special occasions.
The sources at the LBSNAA, under anonymity, revealed that a letter in this regard was sent to State Licensing Excise commissioner on April 27 last year stating that since there has been an increase in the-house training courses at the academy for the senior bureaucrats of the country the need for a liquor bar was being felt on an urgent basis.
It was also clearly specified that the bar will be operational only in evening during restricted hours on non profitable basis without any gender bias. It has been learnt that probationers and the employees at the academy will be prohibited from using the service for the time being.
Uttarakhand state Excise department additional secretary Bhim Ram Tamta said the premiere research and training institute on public policy and administration popularly known as IAS Academy was issued the bar licence in the name of Centre for Disaster Management, a research unit situated inside the campus on 15-10-2010 amounting to Rs 1 lakh (approx) on special consideration by then District Magistrate of Dehradun.