Andhra Pradesh brings in a new bar policy

It noted that in compliance with constitutional obligations, the government has taken a policy decision to implement prohibition in a phased manner and regards it as one of its top priorities

Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday cancelled the licenses of all existing bars in the state. The move follows the decision taken three days ago to shut down 40% of the bars in the state as part of the government's plan to implement total prohibition in phases. The number of bars in respect of hotels that are 3-star and above, and micro breweries in the ULBs will be excluded from the existing number of bars, and only the remaining number will be cut by 40%.

The state government unveiled a new bar policy, which will come into effect from January 1, 2020, and will remain in force for two years. Under this policy, the government has fixed Rs. 10 lakh as the license application fee for opening a bar. The licenses will be issued through a lottery system. The government also proposes to increase the liquor price served in bars to further discourage its consumption.

According to the new order, following representations from public at large, especially from various women welfare organizations, the government strongly felt that there is an imperative need to further reduce the availability of liquor so as to avoid road accidents due to drunken driving, domestic violence, crime and other social evils caused under the influence of alcohol.