The 21-year ban on the manufacturing and sale of arrack (or arak), a distilled alcoholic drink also known as ‘saara’, is proposed to be lifted soon by the TRS government. The ban was imposed in 1993 in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh after several people died drinking the spurious arrack.
The state government has the point that by the ban on arrack, another illicitly distilled alcoholic drink ‘gudumba’ took the boost installing severe health problems among the lower income groups.
TRS government had recently announced to reopen toddy shops in the GHMC limits, which has been displaying the policy of the state on alcoholic drinks.
T. Padma Rao Goud, minister for excise said, “Consuming gudumba is almost equal to taking poison. People mostly in villages are facing severe health problems on account of gudumba. Men of ages less than 40 years got addicted to gudumba in villages and developed severe health complications. It will be better if arrack is allowed in its place, which will not affect health as much as gudumba. No final decision on allowing arrack again has been taken. The government will consult all the stakeholders before taking any decision”.