29-09-201929-09-2019 11:07:42 IST
2019-09-29T05:37:42.141Z29-09-2019 2019-09-29T05:37:38.777Z - - 30-03-2020
In what is being seen as a first major step of AP government towards liquor prohibition since coming to power, the government has declared that it will take over 3,500 liquor shops in the state starting from October 1st.
Deputy CM and Excise Minister Narayanaswami said that Andhra Pradesh State Beverages Corporation Limited (APSBCL) will take over the liquor business from 1st of October adding the 475 liquor stores are already functioning under APSBCL from September 1st.
The government had announced earlier this month that the number of liquor outlets will be reduced from 4,380 to 3,500 and will be eventually phased out.
The minister further said that as a part of government's liquor prohibition measures the state government has already shut down 43,000 belt shops and illegal outlets of license shops across the state. He said till now, 2,872 cases were registered and 2,928 people were taken into custody for operating belt shops.
Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy during his election campaign had promised a liquor ban in the state in phases. Explaining the functioning of the stores, Narayanaswamy said that the shops will remain open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Some 3,500 supervisors, 8,033 salesmen have been recruited to run these outlets.
"We have taken this step as women were facing lot of problems due to liquor. Government will give alternate employment to those who are dependent on liquor shops," he said.
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