Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The Chief Minsiter Nara Chandrababu Naidu has directed the officials to act tough on belt shop organizers with the back ground that there were 50,000 belt shops, 4,380 liquor outlets and 768 bars are in the State without licences.
Director General of Police N.Sambasiva Rao said that the police and the Prohibition and Excise department officials were taking steps to close them. He said that a survey was taken up on the belt shops and about 80 per cent of the public say no to the unlicensed liquor outlets and asked the government to close them immediately.
The DGP said that the belt shops are being run on various modes. The organizers are selling liquor on push carts, pan shops, houses, dhabas, hotels, kirana shops, bicycles and other ways. We are taking action against those who are running them.
Prohibition and Excise Director (Enforcement) K.Venkateswara Rao said that 757 belt shops had been closed and cases were booked against 773 organizers in the last seven days. The Excise officials suspended the licences of 46 wine shops for selling stock to outsiders. ‘We seized 3,339 litres of liquor and 940 litres of beer being sold in belt shops. Special Task Force teams have been constituted to check belt shops, he said.