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A new ‘Excise Policy -2015-16,’ replacing the auction of liquor outlets with state-owned retail vending shops would come into force from July 1 this year in Andhra Pradesh. After a series of studies conducted by the State Excise and Prohibition Department about the ‘successful’ liquor trade by the neighbouring Tamil Nadu government, AP arrived at a conclusion to wind up a decade-old liquor policy brought into force by then Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

New Excise Policy in state from July 1

Hyderabad: A new ‘Excise Policy -2015-16,’ replacing the auction of liquor outlets with state-owned retail vending shops would come into force from July 1 this year in Andhra Pradesh. After a series of studies conducted by the State Excise and Prohibition Department about the ‘successful’ liquor trade by the neighbouring Tamil Nadu government, AP arrived at a conclusion to wind up a decade-old liquor policy brought into force by then Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

Under the new policy, the government would take over all the 4,500 liquor shops and run them on its own. The government would appoint supervisors and salesmen at each shop being connected with an integrated computer network, which helps monitor liquor sales online everyday by the AP Beverages Corporation Limited (APBCL) , the official agency to supply liquor to all the shops.

AP  CM N Chandrababu Naidu at a meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday

The officials of the Excise Department told The Hans India that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had given his nod to adopt the new excise policy after going through the official reports on the implementation of the new scheme and the financial benefits to the state. It is estimated that under the new policy, Rs 15,000 crore revenue would be generated per year as against Rs 10,000 crore target through liquor sales. Taking over the liquor sales by the government would also help curb growing liquor smuggling and unabated ID (Illicitly Distilled ) liquor sales in the villages which costs around Rs 2000 crore loss to the state every year.

The officials said ‘Tamil Nadu was successfully running liquor shops through the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC). It established that the state-owned retail vending centers and supplied as per the requirement from November 2003 Since then, the incidence of hooch tragedy, MRP violations and spurious liquor flow cases came down. The TASMAC, which comes under the Ministry of Excise and Prohibition, was also vested with the exclusive privilege of wholesale supply of IMFL for the whole state, the official added.

By:Patan Afzal Babu

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