Jayalalithaa closes 500 liquor shops on day one

Liquor shops across the state will be opened only between 12 noon and 10pm as against 10am and 10pm at present.

Jayalalithaa closes 500 liquor shops on day one

In her first bold step after taking oath for the sixth time as Tamil Nadu CM, AIDMK chief J Jayalalithaa has reduce the timing of liquor shops by two hours and announced closure of 500 Tasmic shops in the state. As promised in her party’s manifesto, the Chief Minister has also signed five welfare schemes.

Earlier, liquor shops remained opened from 10 am to 10 pm, but now the liqour shops across the state will open only between 12 noon and 10 pm. All Tasmac shops will work only for 10 hours instead of 12 hours.

Jayalalithaa has also signed an order to waive farm loans pending as of March 31, 2016. "All types of loans taken by small and medium farmers from banks, cooperative banks, loans taken on crops, short and long term loans will be waived. This will cost Rs 5,780 crore for the government's exchequer," said an official press release.

100 units of power will be available free to all domestic consumer in the state and 750 units for handloom weavers. The government would provide an additional subsidy of Rs.1,607 crore to the power utility per year for this.

Jayalalithaa also passed orders to provide eight gram gold -- earlier four gram gold -- to poor girls on their marriage. The ruling AIADMK also promised phased implementation of liquor prohibition in the state.