AMARAVATI: Forty percent bars in Andhra Pradesh will go dry from January 1 next year.
State Excise Minister Narayana Swamy told media on Tuesday that officials have been directed to close down these bars part of the phased prohibition policy being implemented by the YSR Congress party government. He has urged the opposition parties to cooperate with the government in implementing the policy.
As per the policy, the working time of the bars have also been reduced by one hour. Now bars will be open from 11am to 10pm. However, bars in star hotels would be allowed to be open from 11am to 11pm. The government also proposes to increase the rates of liquor in the bars, according to Sakshi daily.
Heavy penalty would be imposed against bootleggers and non-bailable cases would be registered against them if they violate the law. All the bars would be closed by January and new licences would be issued on lot basis. Severe action would be initiated against bar owners who resort to anomalies. He said the four micro-breweries would function as usual.
The Minister said that check posts have been opened in the border areas with CC cameras to prevent smuggling from outside the state.
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