Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh authorities on Friday cancelled the licenses of all present bars within the state.
The transfer follows the choice taken three days in the past to close down 40 per cent of the bars within the state as a part of the federal government’s plan to implement whole prohibition in phases.
The state authorities additionally unveiled a brand new bar coverage, which is able to come into impact from January 1, 2020, and can stay in pressure for 2 years.
Underneath this coverage, the federal government has fastened Rs 10 lakh because the license software charge for opening a bar. The licenses might be issued by way of a lottery system.
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officers to close down 40 per cent of the 798 bars within the state.
The YSR Congress Celebration (YSRCP) authorities additionally proposes to extend the liquor value served in bars to additional discourage its consumption.
In an order issued right here on Friday, the federal government mentioned decreasing the variety of bars, growing the licence charge and decreasing the enterprise hours of bars below the brand new coverage was aimed additional curbing the supply of alcoholic drinks to most of the people.
In accordance with the order, following representations from public at massive, particularly from numerous ladies welfare organizations, the federal government strongly felt that there’s an crucial must additional cut back the supply of liquor in order to keep away from street accidents as a result of drunken driving, home violence, crime and different social evils prompted drunk.
It additionally felt that such curtailment of liquor availability would save the poorer sections from monetary wreck.
It famous that in compliance with constitutional obligations, the federal government has taken a coverage choice to implement prohibition in a phased method and regards it as one in every of its prime priorities.
The YSRCP authorities has already decreased the variety of retail liquor retailers from 4,380 to three,500. The retailers are being run by state-owned A.P. State Drinks Company Ltd.