VISAKHAPATNAM: Aiming to make Andhra Pradesh an arrack-free state, the government launched a 90-day programme “Navodayam” on Monday. The government directed the police, excise, revenue and Panchayat Raj employees and officers to make Andhra Pradesh an arrack-free state, in 90 days.
According to government’s directions, collector N Yuvaraj here on Monday convened a special meeting with the officials of various departments, including police, excise, revenue and PR and directed them to initiate stringent action for complete abolition of arrack in the district.
Yuvaraj directed the revenue divisional officers, tahasildars and mandal parishad development officers to extend their complete support to the excise officials. Special excise teams of district, mandal and village-level have been formed to raid the arrack brewing centres in the district.
Moreover, the collector directed the officials to arrest the people engaged in brewing arrack and also the ones supplying jaggery to them. Yuvaraj directed the officials to concentrate more on agency and fishermen’s areas.