20-11-201920-11-2019 11:38:05 IST
2019-11-20T06:08:05.273Z20-11-2019 2019-11-20T06:08:01.462Z - - 09-04-2020
In a major step towards its poll promise of liquor prohibition in the state, the YSRCP government led by Jaganmohan Reddy decided to shut down 40% of all bars in the state.
The decision was taken at a review meeting on Tuesday where the government was reviewing its phase-wise implementation of the prohibition. Chairing the meeting, Jaganmohan Reddy decided to do away with the number of bars in the state by 40%.
Presently, the state has 798 bars which will be closed by January and new licenses will be issued through a lottery system. Among other methods to ramp up the prohibition plans, the government is also planning to increase the liquor price to discourage its sale.
Excise Minister Narayana Swamy said that time restrictions will also be imposed on the bars where the permission to serve liquor will only be given between 11 am to 10 pm. The food can be served till 11 am and in the case of star hotels, the timings will be from 11 am to 11 pm.
As per the phase-wise plans on his liquor prohibition promise, Jagan plans to decrease the numbers of bars and eventually wants to confine the sale of liquor to only five-star hotels.
The government has already taken over the retail liquor business from October and has increased the liquor prices. The number of wine shops have come down to 3,500 from the earlier 4,380. All the shops in Andhra Pradesh are now being run by Andhra Pradesh Beverages Corporation Limited (APBCL), a state owned entity.
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