Moving towards prohibition? Madras High Court orders closure of 10 ready-to-open TASMAC shops

After the closure of the existing TASMAC shops that were close to the highway, new TASMAC outlets have been built. However the Madras High Court has said that the ten TASMAC shops will remain closed till the next order.

Looking at the recent developments regarding liquor shops in the state of Tamil Nadu, it seems that the state is fast moving towards prohibition. The Madras High Court (MHC) today ordered for stop on opening of 10 new TASMAC shops in Ariyalur and Salem district.

After the closure of the existing TASMAC shops that were close to the highway, new TASMAC outlets have been built. However the Madras High Court has said that the ten TASMAC shops will remain closed till the next order.

In the last few months there have been widespread protest by the general public against TASMAC shops. In Coimbatore and regions closer to Salem and Ariyalur, repeated incidents of protest by women against the opening of TASMAC shops have been reported.

The Tamil Nadu government makes large revenue from the sale of liquor in the state. In the last fiscal year, the state government earned Rs 25846 in the form of excise revenue and sales tax from liquor sales. Also, with Edappadi K Palanisamy announcing the closure of 500 TASMAC shops in Tamil Nadu, the state's earning will go down by Rs 60 crore. Earlier, while signing the order CM Palanisamy had said, "Total prohibition is Amma's motto and we are taking forward her principle."

Prohibition was a poll promise that was made to the people of Tamil Nadu by the former CM J Jayalalithaa during her election campaigns and this move by the MHC now is welcomes by many across the state.

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