AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken decision to take control over all the liquor shops in AP. According to the announcement from the State Government on Saturday, from coming October 1st it will take all liquor shops into its control.
About 3500 liquor shops from October 1st will be under the control of Andhra Pradesh State Beverages Corporation Limited (APSBCL), owned by state government according to this announcement. This was collaborated by Excise Minister and state's Deputy CM Naryanaswamy.
Already, the state government had taken over 475 liquor shops on September 1st. And now, it is going to take over all the liquor shops. AP state government had announced that it will reduce the total number of liquor shops from existing 4380 to 3500 and eventually be phased out.
From Oct 1st, liquor shops operated by APSBCL will be open from 10 AM to 9 PM. About 3500 supervisors and 8033 salesmen are recruited to run the liquor shops due to short staff. Also, the government is planning to recruit 678 police constables in the excise department. AP state government has also initiated de-addiction centers in all government hospitals to treat those who are addicted to liquor.