Revamping the liquor import permits from other states, Andhra Pradesh government on Monday issued orders prohibiting people from carrying in liquor from neighbouring States owing to its availability at cheaper prices compared to the prices in the state.
In the line of the new G.O issued by Prohibition and excise department special chief secretary Rajat Bhargav, people in Andhra can no longer bring any kind of liquor from neighbouring States while a maximum of three bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor or Foreign Liquor or beer was allowed previously.
The G.O also cancelled the licenses of 43,000 belt shops in villages issued by AP State Beverages Corporation Limited instead of the private ones.
Besides which, the government had also levied new tax in the form of Additional Retail Excise Tax on liquor thereby increasing its prices. This comes almost 45 days after the state High Court directed the state government to implement its own order allowing a person to carry three bottles of liquor to curb the illegal alcohol trafficking.
However, transport of two litres of duty-free liquor is permitted for persons travelling from outside the country as per the Government of India norms.