Amaravati May 3:
The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday said will resume sale of liquor “for health reasons” from its outlets from Monday, but will impose a new “prohibition tax” to discourage people from consuming alcoholic beverages.
The prohibition tax could be up to 25 per cent on the existing prices, Special Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Rajat Bhargava, said.
The entire liquor business in Andhra Pradesh is currently under the control of the state government, with the AP State Beverages Corporation operating the retail outlets.
“Liquor shops will remain open from 11 am to 7 pm across the state, except in the COVID-19 containment zones and clusters.
Bars, clubs and AP Tourism Development Corporation outlets will, however, not be permitted to run the liquor business, Bhargava told a news conference here.
Only five customers would be allowed at a shop at a time, duly following the physical distancing norms.
While liquor sale is being resumed “for health reasons”, the state governments policy is to discourage people from consuming liquor, Bhargava said.