26-09-201926-09-2019 12:40:19 IST
Updated On 26-09-2019 12:40:56 ISTUpdated On 26-09-20192019-09-26T07:10:19.593Z26-09-2019 2019-09-26T07:10:16.701Z - 2019-09-26T07:10:56.241Z - 26-09-2019
In a bid to tackle liquor menace and to deliver on its poll promise of liquor prohibition, the Andhra Pradesh government has issued orders to limit the number of bottles of liquor that a person can possess at a time. As per the limits, an individual can possess 3 bottles of IMFL or foreign-made liquor and 6 beer bottles (650 ml) without a permit or licence. For having bottles beyond these numbers, the individual will have to obtain prior information.
Explaining the new regulation, an official from Andhra Pradesh State Beverages Corporation Ltd. said, "If a person buys 3 bottles of liquor and takes them home, and consumes two of them and has one remaining, the next time they purchase liquor, they must only get 2 more bottles. At any point in time, they can only be in possession of 3 bottles of liquor in total,".
Although the move is being lauded by some, the main question that arises is how would the government or the local authorities track the purchase and possession of the bottles. The lack of a solid mechanism is creating doubts in the minds of anti-liquor activists who are questioning if the government has even thought it through and established clear cut mechanisms to control the excess sale.
The officials though are of the opinion that if an individual tries to obtain multiple bottles from different outlets, he will be doing so at his own risk and will be liable for punishment under the excise laws.
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