Notwithstanding the two successive years of drought and acute shortage of drinking water, the district has registered liquor sale totalling Rs. 14.3 crore in 2012-13. According to sources, 13.11 lakh cartons of liquor were sold in the district in the last fiscal, against the target of 14.26 lakh cartons. In April 2013 alone, 31,322 cartons were sold in Chitradurga taluk against the target of 28,328. In Challakere , 18,766 cartons were sold against the targeted 15,470, and in Hiriyur, 18,211 cartons were sold against the target of 16,072.

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