The Andhra Pradesh Wineries & Distilleries Association has requested government for a joint meeting to sort out long-pending issues, including the implementation of maximum retail price (MRP) on Indian made liquor and the different brands of beer.

The association has had a problem with retailers in the State not selling the liquor at the MRP but at much higher than the usual retailer margin of about 24 per cent. By not controlling the MRP, the sale of Indian made liquor and beer was affected, resulting in a sharp dip for government in terms of revenue, association President Nirannjan Lal Agarwal said. Another issue is the expansion of production capacities and clearance of pending applications from manufacturers. The association has suggested that the special fee could be exempted to existing Indian-made Foreign Liquor manufacturers provided an undertaking was given on stamp paper stating they promised to abide by the rules prescribed.