Thiruvananthapuram, June 19: The Tamil Nadu state government has decided to shut down around 500 Tamil Nadu State marketing Corporation Ltd (TASMAC) shops from today, after J Jayalalithaa government initiated the process. Before the state assembly elections that were held last month, Jayalalithaa had promised to impose ban on liquor in a phased manner in Tamil Nadu. The permanent closure of liquor shops will result in a loss of Rs 5-6 crore a day. Also Read - Elephant Dies After Being Set on Fire by Tamil Nadu Resort Workers, Horrific Act Caught on Camera
According to reports, the TASMAC sells liquor worth Rs 67 crore to 70 crore a day through more that 6,000 outlets in the state. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government had asked TASMAC officials to recruit their staffs in other outlets. Also Read - Sasikala Tests Positive For Coronavirus in Second RT-PCR Test, Shifted to Intensive Care
R Kirlosh Kumar, managing director of TASMAC had issued a notice sating that 201 shops under TASMAC will be shut down in Madurai, 133 in Tiruchi, 60 in Coimbatore, 58 in Chennai and 48 in Salem. A day after AIADMK chief was voted back to power in May, Jayalalithaa had signed the order. (Also Read: Yoga irrelevant without country-wide liquor ban: Nitish Kumar) Also Read - Kamala Harris's Ancestral Villages Gets into Festive Mood Ahead of Her Swearing-In As US Vice President
During election in Tamil Nadu most of the major parties had taken up prohibition as a major poll plank, after there was a huge outcry on the public health consequences of the state’s thriving liquor industry.
The AIADMK, along with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Pattali Makkal Katchi and the People’s Welfare Front had promised to end the sale of liquor in the state.
In 2003, the AIADMK government had taken control of liquor retail to give the government a monopoly in the industry, bringing in a revenue of nearly Rs 27,000 crore a year to the state government.