Hyderabad, Jun 23 UNI | 1 month ago

The Andhra Pradesh unit of the Lok Satta Party today charged the Telugu Desam Government with going back on its word to overhaul the liquor policy keeping the interests of the poor in mind.

The party's AP Convener, Mr DVVS Varma, recalled in a media statement that the Government had promised to study the liquor policy prevalent in states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Delhi and usher in a new policy.

Instead, it has chosen to stick to the old lottery system for allocation of liquor shops, he alleged.

Mr Varma said the Government could have continued the old policy for three or six months if it felt it had no time to bring about changes. The Government should strive to restrict liquor consumption instead of viewing it as a source of income.

The Lok Satta leader described the Government's promise to abolish belt shops or illegal liquor vends as a mere eyewash. Past experience has eloquently demonstrated that belt shops are bound to proliferate so long as there was liquor business.

(Posted on 23-06-2014)