| Hyderabad |
Published: May 22, 2020 6:25:50 am
The Andhra Pradesh authorities has shut down extra liquor outlets within the state amid the lockdown to discourage liquor consumption as it really works in the direction of implementing whole prohibition — a ballot promise of the YSR Congress occasion. Nearly 456 outlets have been closed now as per an order issued by Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Dr Rajat Bharghava.
The authorities has, in impact, lowered the full variety of outlets by 33 per cent — from 4,380 to 2,934 — after it took over all of the liquor outlets final October.
The authorities has elevated liquor costs by 75 per cent and lowered the possession restrict to 3 bottles of any dimension. Laws have been enacted to make sure strict motion for violation of the restrict or unlawful sale of liquor.
A particular drive was launched on April 11 to manage illicit liquor through the lockdown during which 1,462 instances have been lodged and 1,282 folks arrested. The authorities additionally arrange a Special Enforcement Bureau to curb unlawful transport and manufacture of liquor and unlawful transport of sand.
Deputy Chief Minister (Excise) Ok Narayana Swamy stated Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had promised throughout his pre-poll padyatra that he’ll implement prohibition to advertise wholesome dwelling. “We are fulfilling that promise. We have already shut down 43,000 unlawful liquor outlets moreover cancelling licences of sitting rooms hooked up to liquor outlets. Business hours have been lowered from 10 am to 10 pm to 11 am to eight pm. And we now have drastically elevated costs of liquor to discourage folks from shopping for,’’ he stated.
Officials stated the federal government began working in the direction of prohibition final October when it took over all 4,380 liquor outlets and closed down 880 of them. The AP State Beverages Corporation Ltd took over the outlets to curb unlawful sale and lowered the enterprise hours. The authorities additionally cancelled licences of 310 bars, decreasing their quantity to 530. Officials stated that from October 2019 to March 2020, there was a drastic fall within the sale of liquor (24%) and beer (55%).
The authorities has additionally initiated measures to manage interstate illicit distillation and non-duty liquor commerce. Interstate coordination conferences have been held and plans are afoot for joint raids.
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