The Puducherry Government on Sunday decided to keep liquor shops shut till the current lockdown comes to an end.
The Cabinet, which met under Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy was attended by Ministers Namasavayam, Kamalakannan, Malladi Krishna Rao, Kandasamy and Shahjehan, decided to take a call on reopening these shops after May 17 when the current lockdown will come for review.
The Cabinet considered the interim order passed by the Madras High Court ordering shutdown of these shops in Tamil Nadu till May 17 and explore the possibilities of online sales.
Like Tamil Nadu, Puducherry administration also felt online is not feasible. It, therefore, decided to keep the shops shut till the lockdown comes to an end.
Minister Malladi Krishna Rao, who is from Yenam enclave in Andhra Pradesh, was the only one to plead that Puducherry should also reopen the shops after Tamil Nadu Government decided to do so on May 7. He warned that if Puducherry continued to keep these shops shut, it would lead to bootlegging.
Now these shops have been shut temporarily in Tamil Nadu also, Malladi also went along with other Ministers at the Cabinet meeting.