Amaravati: Prohibition of liquor in the state has been one of the poll promises made by the new CM Jagan all through the 2019 election propaganda. Taken as a step closure towards fulfilling this promise, Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday has announced that they would take over 3,500 wine shops across the state from October 1. The CMO has stated that the government organised-Andhra Pradesh State Beverages Corporation Limited (APSBCL) will take over the liquor shops from next month. Adding to the announcement that it would limit the number of liquor outlets 3,500, Deputy CM and the state’s Excise Minister Naryanaswamy stated that till now 4,788 cases were registered for operating belt shops. “The shops will remain open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. About 3,500 supervisors, 8,033 salesmen have been recruited to run these outlets and we are planning to recruit 678 police constables as there is a shortage of excise staff,” said Naryanaswamy.