Ranchi, August 1: The BJP-led NDA government in Jharkhand will shut down 1,150 licenced liquor shops across the state on Tuesday. This step has been taken to control the sale of alcohol in the state. The government took this decision four months after they cracked down against unlicensed abattoirs in the state. The Raghubar Das government planned to start 210 liquor shops. These shops will be under the control of Jharkhand State Beverage Corporation Limited (JSBCL). JSBCL is the state’s own beverage distribution company. On Monday, a petition challenging the government’s move was junked by the Jharkhand High Court. Also Read - Rift in BJP Ahead of Bengal Elections 2021, Workers Clash at Party Offices, Torch Vehicles

The government said that this movie aims at plugging revenue leakages, checking spurious liquor manufacturing and ending cartels that run a parallel business. Along with this, it will also encourage people to abstain from consuming alcohol, the government said. The government also said that this will bring down the limit to which someone can purchase liquor. “One person will be able to buy up to 3.5 litres of liquor from one shop at once. Similarly, an individual can purchase 5.2 litres of beer at once”, Avinash Kumar, secretary of the state excise and prohibition department, told The Times of India. “One person can store up to one carton of liquor at once”, Kumar added. (ALSO READ: 
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“The takeover of retail sales of alcohol is aimed at regulation of sales. At the same time, awareness campaigns will be undertaken across districts to urge people to shun drinking,” an excise department official said. This new arrangement will result in 40 per cent increase in Jharkhand’s revenue from the last fiscal when it earned Rs 900 crore from liquor sales. As the complete authority in liquor sales will be under JSBCL, they have hired 650 people on contract and they are given computers and will look after 210 state-owned liquor stores. A revenue of up to Rs 1,500 crore is projected in the ongoing fiscal. Also Read - BJP Demands Deployment of Central Forces in West Bengal Ahead of Crucial Assembly Polls