The government will consider the views of all sections of people and NGOs before finalising the new Excise policy for 2013-14 to come into force from July 1, said Mr. K. Parthasarathi, in-charge Minister for Excise.
The aim of the exercise is to further improve last year’s excise policy which to some extent was effective in curbing belt shops.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had already announced the government’s resolve to close down all the belt shops. The Excise Department will submit a report on the action plan to do away with the belt shops and steps to deal with expected flow of illicit liquor. However, the Minister admitted that it was difficult to give the number of belt shops as they would not be on official records.
Yet, based on reports they received, the Excise Department was cracking down on belt shops as well as shops permitting customers to consume liquor near their premises. “The Excise Department will be more vigilant,” he said.
To check the menace of shops being turned into open bars, they were also thinking of introducing permit rooms in some wine shops.