Andhra Pradesh govt mulling take over of retail sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 27 2014, 04:42am hrs
In a bid to curb illicit liquor in Andhra Pradesh, the TDP government is contemplating to take over the retail sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).

Taking a cue from neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh would put in place a new excise policy, its Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu told reporters here.

"Now, we are bringing a new excise policy, just like in Tamil Nadu. We wanted to have only government shops. Then, we can control all illicit liquor and flow of liquor easily.... Very soon, we are going to get a new liquor policy," he said while replying to a question on Kerala government's efforts to implement prohibition.

To a query about the new capital city for residual Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said it would come up in the central part of the state but did not divulge its name.

He said the new capital would be well connected and development would be spread across the state, citing the case of Kurnool in Rayalaseema region where an industrial city is planned.

Asked about the support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the growth of Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said his state would be the first to benefit from NDA government's 'Digital India' project.

"We have got Polavaram irrigation project which is the biggest project. Other projects that they have committed to are in the pipeline," he added.

Naidu also elaborated on his meetings with the Prime Minister and various ministers for implementation of projects during his two-day visit to Delhi.

This apart, the Chief Minister said, he would be visiting Japan in the last week of November or first week of December in a bid to attract foreign investments for Andhra Pradesh.