Ban on getting liquor from other states
The AP government has taken another step on liquor policy . The government headed by the chief minister YS Jagan mohan Reddy has been raining several turns and twists in liquor policy, which influence lakhs of public, as well as the treasury of the government too. The AP government has been imposing restrictions on a person possessing a maximum of three bottles of liquor of any size without permit or license – whether it Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) or local made liquor or beer.
However, the state government has realized that this rule has resulted in large scale smuggling of liquor from the neighbouring states.
It noticed that in a large number of cases, liquor from outside the State is being transported into AP without payment of duty, fees etc, resulting in loss of revenue to the exchequer but also transport of liquor through non-duty paid means.
Now, the government abolished the relaxation given for a person to carry a maximum of three bottles. According to GO 310, the excise department stated that people would be booked under the Andhra Pradesh Excise Act, 1968.
Actually High Court, in its September 2 order, stated that the GO 411 specifies the maximum quantity of liquor which a person may have in his possession at a time without a permit or licence. No case can be registered against any person who carries liquor within the prescribed limit, the court said. But now the government has released another GO:310 barring the public from having three bottles of liquor belongs to other states.