Karimnagar: Several applicants for liquor shop licence have put up their wives’ names as fronts and formed groups to garner big chunks of the liquor trade in the district.
Out of 1,346 applications for 87 liquor shops in the district, 170 are women. A total of 60 women applied for licences of 21 liquor shops in Karimnagar urban circle, 35 for 25 shops in Karimnagar rural, 35 for 12 shops in Thimmapur, 30 applied for 15 shops in Huzurabad and 10 for shops in Jammikunta circle.
Since there was no chance for a person to get licence for more than one shop, those in liquor business filed applications in the names of their wives, a senior prohibition and excise officer told Telangana Today.
Though these businessmen can apply for licence in the names of their friends and relatives, they are apprehensive since there is a possibility of benamis turning against them after getting the licence, and hence they preferred to apply on their wives’ names, the official said.
On the other hand, despite hike in application fee to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 lakh, there has been a spurt in the number of applications. Excise officials received 262 additional applications when compares to last time. 1,084 candidates applied for shops for the period of 2017-19. Now, 1,346 people applied.
At the same time, there is also jump in revenue of Rs 26.92 crore against Rs 10.84 crore last time.
While political leader have applied for wine shop licenses on the names of their binamees, people those who are in the business since long time have filed about 200 applications by dividing into groups.
Out of 1,346 applications, 343 filed for Karimnagar urban, 347 Karimnagar rural, 306 Thimmapur, 226 Huzurabad and 124 applications for Jammikunta.