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Updated On 29-08-2019 11:41:14 ISTUpdated On 29-08-20192019-08-29T06:09:22.426Z29-08-2019 2019-08-29T06:09:17.284Z - 2019-08-29T06:11:14.264Z - 29-08-2019
In a bid to counter the liquor menace, Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday said that Rs 500 crore will be allocated for setting up of liquor de-addiction centres and for implementation of prohibition.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy also directed the officials to include lessons on ill-effects of liquor in school textbooks. The officials claimed that the liquor consumption fell drastically after the government cracked the whip on illegal outlets as its first step towards imposition of total prohibition in the state.
During the review meeting, the officials informed the Chief Minister that the liquor sales in July showed a decline of 12 lakh cases as compared to the previous year's figures. During 2018-19, the state registered a sale of 125 lakh cases of liquor.
Under the second phase to implement prohibition, the government will take over the liquor shops in a phased manner. Initially, 503 liquor shops will be opened and handled by the government as a pilot project from September 1.
As per the route map towards total prohibition, the liquor outlets would be reduced from 4,380 to 3,500. On the whole, the shops will be reduced by 20 percent.
The decision to of de-addiction centres is a part of Jaganmohan Reddy's poll promise of putting a stop on the liquor menace.
After coming to power in May, Jagan announced of his plans of a phased implementaion of schemes to ban liquor. The very next month, the government ordered a crackdown on 'belt shops'. Earlier this month the AP assembly passed a bill to provide the government with a control of liquor business.
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