Hold Public debate on the New Excise policy

HYDERABAD: With a new excise policy to be implemented from July 1, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has directed the Excise & Prohibition department officials to hold a public debate on the policy.

“You can seek views from people. Understand their concerns. And, based on the public debates, we can finalize the best practices,” Naidu said.

On the topic of keeping an eye on the inventory and preventing mixture of liquor and discrepancies, Naidu suggested that the officials adopt the “hologram” or Bar Coding system.

“This will enable us to track the stocks. From manufacturing facility to retail shops and to consumers, we can track the location of a liquor bottle,” he added.

Naidu also sought real-time recording of data through scanners. “Once certain stock is sold for the day, the shopkeeper has to scan the remaining stock and update it online, he said, adding that this would enable us in improving the supply-chain management.

In order to monitor spurious liquor sale, illicit liquor and mixing of liquor brands by retailers, Naidu suggested setting up of cameras in retail stores.

He was informed that East Godavari, Krishna, Chittoor and Anantapur districts have high sale of illicit liquor.

Stating that the government aims to bring down the consumption of liquor in the state, he asked officials to educate people, create awareness about the ill effects of consumption of illicit liquor. To wean people away from illicit liquor, Naidu asked the department officials to come up with effective ways to provide them alternative employment.

“A better Rescue and Rehabilitation package for those involved in the trade will better their lives,” the officials said.

Naidu also asked the officials to explore alternatives of extracting Neera (palm nectar – extraction done before sunrise) and engaging in selling it. “This could bring down the reliance on toddy and keep people healthy,” he said.

The Enforcement officials also said cannabis supply too is high from East Godavari to Vizianagaram. “There are gangs that have specially designed vehicles to transport 400 to 500 kg Cannabis consignment,” Naidu was informed. (NSS)

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