500 state-run liquor outlets in Tamil Nadu to be closed from today

  • PTI, Chennai
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2016 10:22 IST
Tamil‚ÄČNadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in the run up to elections had promised phased prohibition. (HT File Photo)

Tamil Nadu government on Saturday issued instructions for the closure of 500 state-run retail liquor shops with effect from June 19, in line with chief minister Jayalalithaa’s directives.

According to a government release, MD, Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Kirlosh Kumar), has issued instructions for closure of 500 retail vending liquor shops with effect from today.

However, the release did not specify the specific outlets where shutters will be downed.

The order by the official also detailed the steps needed to be followed in redeploying employees of the outlets that will be closed down.

This included posting them in existing vacancies in the district and others in the region as per requirement.

Jayalalithaa had during the campaign for the May 16 Assembly polls promised the electorate that prohibition in the state will be implemented in a phased manner.

After winning the elections, one of her first orders was to reduce the business hours of state-run TASMAC outlets.

The working hours were revised from 12 noon to 10 pm as against the earlier 10 am to 10 pm schedule. She had also directed closure of 500 retail outlets.

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