Chennai, April 25 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu state government officials have said that the state excise department have commenced a survey on Tuesday to shut down 500 liqour shops of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac).
The minister for excise and power in Tamil Nadu government, Shenthil Bhalaji had in the state legislative assembly said a few days ago during a debate that steps have been taken to shut down 500 liquor shops in the state.
It is been reported that Tasmac shops near places of worship, schools, colleges and those that generate low income would be identified by conducting surveys and then would take steps to shut them down.
There are 5329 retail outlets in Tamil Nadu owned by the state government body, Tasmac and out of these 500 will be shut down.
Tamil Nadu Electricity, Prohibition and Excise minister Senthilbalaji has also said that since the DMK government assumed office 96 Tasmac outlets have been shut down. These outlets, according to the minister were shut down as they were functioning by flouting rules including near the places of worship, schools and other educational institutions..
It is to be noted that the Tasmac liquor sale for the year 2022-23 has touched 44,098.56 crore while the sale figures was 36,050. 65 crore during the previous financial year, a whopping increase of 27 percent.