Taking a cue from neighboring Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana government is considering taking control of the liquor sale in the state. If they implement the idea, state-run shops will sell liquor, rather than giving licenses to private dealers.
Telangana Government is seriously considering the proposal to increase liquor prices not for implementing prohibition but to increase the revenue. A Cabinet Sub-Committee will get constituted to decide the new prices. There is a high possibility of increasing prices by at least 10 percent.
Officials from the state excise department have reportedly hinted to the chief minister that taking control of the liquor business would be a 'hassle'. Very soon, a notification could get issued for setting up bars in all the 73 new municipalities formed in Telangana.
According to reports, Telangana earned revenue worth over Rs 11,000 crore from liquor sales. From April to October last year, the state recorded a growth of 20.11% in liquor sales, corresponding to sales of Rs 11,894 crore compared to the previous year.
The former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder NT Rama Rao imposed liquor prohibition in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh on January 16, 1995. His son-in-law and former chief minister, Chandrababu Naidu, continued the prohibition, but lifted it in 1997, citing revenue deficiency.