VIJAYAWADA, OCT. 26 : Andhra Pradesh will impose curbs on local transport of intoxicants that are manufactured outside the state unless the manufacturers pay all relevant duties, taxes and fees payable under AP Excise Act, 1968.
The state government issued GO MS No. 310 on Monday stating that no transport of any intoxicant which is manufactured or produced outside the state and on which applicable duties, taxes, fees payable under the AP Excise Act, 1968, are not paid, will be permitted unless a permit is granted by the competent authority in advance. The order said that any transport of intoxicants in contravention of the AP Excise Act, 1968, is a punishable offence under Section 34 of the said Act.
The government issued the GO keeping in mind the abuse of permission accorded to transport three bottles of liquor from other states. The GO clarifies that no intoxicant will be permitted to be transported into the State unless its manufacturer from another state pays all relevant taxes.
Presently, Andhra Pradesh is finding it tough to curb transportation of liquor from Telangana State, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha and Yanam. The non-duty paid liquor from these states is denting its own sources of revenue. However, the state government allows transport of two litres of duty free liquor without any permit in respect of persons travelling from outside the country.
The state government will publish the notification in an extraordinary issue of the Andhra Pradesh Gazette on Tuesday....