Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to establish de-addiction centers in all the districts in the state. In a meeting held by AP Chief Minister YS Jagan at the Secretariat on Sunday, it was decided to spend an amount of Rs. 500 crore on de-addiction. During the meeting, Jagan asked the revenue officials to discourage liquor sales and establish de-addiction centers for the benefit of the liquor-addicted people.

The officials informed the Chief Minister that liquor consumption in the state had dropped over the past three months as the belt shops had been removed. There are 4,380 liquor shops in the State, and they will be reduced to 3,500, the officials told the Chief Minister.

The revenue officials apprised the CM of the present financial position of the State. The growth rate was below six per cent, as it would have been 14 percent. The fall in the prices of steel, iron, and cement are showing an impact on treasury benches, the CM was told. The state will get Rs. 600 crore as its share from GST by the first week of September, they said Jagan. The officials are hopeful there will be an increase of about 14 percent in commercial taxes.

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