Jagan is unlikely to fulfil his 'liquor ban' promise
By shutting down liquor shops in the state, If Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy believes that he can stop people from consuming alcohol, then he must rethink about it. Because, after he became CM, the liquor consumption in AP has only increased instead of decreasing after he closed 700 liquor shops.
AP had 4,380 shops before Jagan became the 2nd Chief Minister of new Andhra Pradesh. in a phased manner, he announced to implement 'liquor ban' in AP, after he became the Chief Minister. After they did not apply for renewal of their licences, 700 liquor shops downed their shutters. A crackdown against belt shops (illegal liquor outlets) in AP was also launched by him.
Everyone thought that the liquor consumption will come down in AP with this. When compared with July 2018, liquor sales increased by 5% in July 2019. Beer sales increased by 26%, while whisky or brandy sales decreased by 8 per cent according to the data which has been officially released by AP excise department. Against Rs 1,453 crore in July 2018, a rise of 14.93%, liquor sales in AP increased to Rs 1,670 crore in July 2019.
Jagan's move will only deny liquor income to AP government while fetching additional revenue to Telangana and other neighbouring states as AP people will not stop drinking just because Jagan had imposed liquor ban. At least, he seems not to be escaping from fulfilling his promises made during campaigning.