news Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 05:30
  The Andhra Pradesh government is adding the final touches to its liquor policy which will come into effect from July 1. Announcing the various changes at the Secretariat in Hyderabad on Monday, AP excise minister Kollu Ravindra said that the government will manage 10% of liqour stores in the state. "We have already identified the location of shops to be run by the government and all the shops identified are in prime locations with have high sales," he said. Here are five things you need to know about the state's new liquor policy. 1) The state has agreed to a proposal that allows liquor to be sold in supermarkets and hybrid malls. This is to ensure that everyone does not have to go to a liquor outlet to buy their drinks. The liquor outlets meanwhile, will also start selling Indian brands in 90 ml tetra-packs costing between Rs 30 and Rs 50.  2) In what seems like a move to generate massive revenue, the state government has also allowed five star and three star hotels, particularly in and around tourist spots, to operate micro-pubs where only draught beer is served in their premises. Draught beer is served from a cask or a keg rather than from a bottle or tin-can. 3) Though this is more of an advisory than a rule, the state government has asked liqour stores in the state not to name their shops after gods and goddesses, taking into consideration religious sentiments. Since the excise department has no jurisdiction to impose this as a rule, an advisory was issued to the liquor outlet applicants. 4) The excise minister also said that an effort was underway to develop the microbreweries in the bigger cities in the state that will have licenses to brew their own beer. “Micro breweries concept is catching up across the country. We too want to promote it in our cities,” a report in The New Indian Express quotes him as saying. 5) No liquor shops will be allowed on the road to Tirumala, the holy hill shrine that attracts thousands of people everyday.  The government has chalked a route that includes the roads from Tirupati railway station to Alipiri via RTC bus stand, Leelamahal circle, Nandi circle, Vishnu Nivasam and Srinivasam. Likewise, no shop will be permitted on the road from Leelamahal,­ SVRR hospital and SVIMS in the Tirupati municipal corporation area, a Times of India report adds. The state was earlier considering the take over of all liqour outlets but settled on a 10% ownership pilot project. The new licences will be valid for two years from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. Read - Here's why the AP govt wants to control the liquor business in the state

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