Chennai, February 20: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday, February 20 announced the closure of 500 state-run liquor retail outlets.
According to NDTV, the announcement was made by Palaniswami in his first formal press conference as a part of late AIADMK head J Jayalalithaa’s promise to usher in prohibition in the state in a phased manner.
With the passing of the order, there will be around 5,000 TASMAC shops in the state. Earlier, there were a total 6,000 shops in the state before. This was among the first five orders Palaniswami signed as Chief Minister.
Late Jayalalithaa in May 2016 announced the closing of 500 Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) retail outlets as part of her assembly poll promise on implementing prohibition.
Along with this Palaniswami, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state on February 16, also announced an Amma two-wheeler scheme by which women will get a 50 percent subsidy, with an upper ceiling of Rs 20,000, to purchase a scooter. This also was an election promise. Special housing scheme for the benefit of 5,000 fishermen was also announced.
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