Talk: YS Jagan’s ‘Alcohol’ plan

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018, 10:10:37 AM IST

Andhra Pradesh opposition leader, YS Jagan has set all his focus on women voters in order to gain an upper hand over TDP. More often than not, we hear Jagan saying YCP government will restrict belt shops and alcohol distribution in the state.

Well, Jagan may impress a section of voters by saying that he will restrict alcoholism but that can result in a huge blow for the state’s economy. If we take a look at Andhra Pradesh’s excise income for the past 2 years, the state government earned 9756 crores in 2016 and a whopping 11,648 crores in 2017 respectively.

This makes it very clear that a big chunk of the state’s income is flowing in from the excise duties. If Jagan really wants to restrict its usage, he needs to find another substantial income source, which looks highly unlikely, given the fact that Amaravati is still in developing stage. It would be interesting to watch if Jagan’s ‘alcohol’ plan will work if the YCP forms the government in coming elections.