After making Telugu a compulsory subject from in all the state syllabus-schools, KCR has taken another key decision that is likely to affect a large section of people. While making Telugu a mandatory subject that is being lauded by all Telugu-language people, the other decision is not expected to be appreciated as liquor sales will be extended till 11 pm. The new decision will come into force from October 1st and it will be applicable in the GHMC limits. A GO has been issued announcing the same.
In fact, KCR’s decision to ratify the new Excise Policy that would allow the sale of liquor till 11 pm from existing 10 pm has shocked many. This is expected to invite flak from Opposition parties and many other socialites, NGOs who have been fighting for the ban on alcohol as families of several poor are at stake and their health.
However, as per the new Excise Policy, government has made it mandatory to install at least two CCTV cameras at all the licensed retail outlets and link them directly to the state Excise Control Room of Prohibition and Excise Department. This is following a few untoward incidents reported at liquor outlets in the recent months and a move to curb law and order issues at wine shops.
Meanwhile, there is no change in the number of licensed liquor outlets. The total number of wine shops and bars would remain the same under the new excise policy.
The total number of liquor outlets in the state are 2016. The non refundable registration fee for the establishment of wine shops has been doubled from Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh to meet the revenue targets set by the government in 2017-18 financial year.