Tamil Nadu mulls standalone bars run by private players to boost revenue | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: The state government is considering shutting down bars attached to state run Tasmac liquor outlets and allowing private individuals to run standalone facilities away from the outlets in an attempt to further boost its revenue.
There are several independent bars functioning in the state, but are attached to hotel rooms as per the Tamil Nadu liquor licence rules.
The government may now have to introduce a special licence if it decides to permit standalone bars.
Moreover, door delivery of liquor will not be permitted in Tamil Nadu like in neighbouring Puducherry where the administration is exploring the possibility. The government in Delhi has already begun allowing home delivery of liquor to avoid crowds before liquor stores in view of the pandemic.
Official sources with Tasmac said that detaching bars from outlets run by the corporation was discussed by top officials recently in a bid to increase the revenue. While the government generates about 440 crore in revenue every year through bars operated by private players attached to state run liquor outlets, official sources said allowing standalone bars can further boost the income. “It has been discussed, but no decision has been taken in this regard,” a Tasmac official who is privy to the developments said.
It is not the first time that the state government is toying with the idea of allowing standalone bars. According to Tasmac sources, the move was discussed a few times in the past years. However, it could not be executed since there were issues over monitoring the facilities and a consensus could not be reached, another official said.
N Periyasamy, state president of the Tasmac Employees Union affiliated to AITUC (All India Trade Union Congress), said that bars need not have to necessarily be part of Tasmac liquor outlets.
“For several years, we have been demanding that the state government shut down all bars attached to Tasmac wine shops as several of them have been resorting to the sale of liquor, despite the rules not allowing them to do so. This apart, several bars attached to Tasmac outlets have become hubs of various other violations due to the political clout of those running them,” he alleged.

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