Andhra Pradesh government on Friday canceled licenses of all 798 bars in the state as part of its promise to implement total prohibition. A new policy, which will reduce the number of bars by 40%, will take effect from January 1.
New licenses will base on a lottery system and the license fee has fixed at ₹10 lakh. The state government also unveiled a new bar policy, under which Rs 10 lakh fixed as the license application fee for opening a bar. The state government also unveiled a new bar policy, which will come into effect from January 1, 2020, and will remain in force for two years.
The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government also proposes to increase the liquor price served in bars to further discourage its consumption. In an order issued here on Friday, the government said reducing the number of bars, increasing the license fee and reducing the business hours of bars under the new policy aimed further curtailing the availability of alcoholic beverages to the general public.
It also felt that such curtailment of liquor availability would save the poorer sections from financial ruin. It noted that in compliance with constitutional obligations, the government has taken a policy decision to implement prohibition in a phased manner and regards it as one of its top priorities. The YSRCP government has already reduced the number of retail liquor shops from 4,380 to 3,500. The shops are being run by state-owned A.P. State Beverages Corporation Ltd.