The new Excise policy of Telangana government is likely to go in action, and public already filed a public interest litigation before the court of law demanding the unequality. This uproar is still unheard by the government.
The reason for this confusion is on account of two reasons. One a PIL (Public Interest Litigation ) challenging the quota was pending before the court. Second is the authorities are not sure if the three communities are capable of running the liquor business or not since it involves crores of rupees every year, top officials of the Excise and Prohibition department told The Hans India.
The government had recently issued orders to reserve15 per cent shops for Goud community, 10 per cent to SCs (Scheduled Castes) and 5 per cent to the STs (Scheduled Tribes). A senior official said that the government was seeking legal advice since the issue was in court.
But the situation is not same in rural areas. In Khammam district, nearly 20 wine shops were already alloted exclusively to STs in the Agency areas where the response from the community to enter liquor trade is not encouraging as the returns are not high. The SC communities are not rich enough to open the outlets in those areas.