Kerala cabinet ratifies new liquor policy

The government had also decided not to renew licences of 418 bars.

By: Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:August 27, 2014 1:04 pm
Ruling UDF had taken a strong decision now to close down of about 730 bars. (Source: Reuters) Ruling UDF had taken a strong decision now to close down of about 730 bars. (Source: Reuters)

Kerala cabinet on Wednesday  ratified the new liquor policy of the Congress led UDF government which envisaged to shut down bars attached to hotels below the five-star category as part of its plans to reduce availability of liquor.

The cabinet, however deferred a decision on issues related to licences to beer and wine parlours and elite clubs that serve liquor.

Several matters, including issues related to beer and wine parlours and clubs serving liquor, has to incorporate in the new policy, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters during cabinet briefing here.

These issues would be taken up at the next cabinet meeting, Chandy said, adding, ruling UDF had taken a strong decision now to close down of about 730 bars.

Meanwhile, as part of new policy, 312 bars attached to hotels below the five-star category would be served notices tomorrow asking them to close their bars by September 12.

Apart from closing down 312 bars, the government had  also decided not to renew licences of 418 bars that remained shut since April for want of required facilities.

The radical policy shift to sharply cut down on liquor trade was taken by the UDF leadership meet last week when it met consider the fate of the 418 closed bars.

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    Srihari Karanth
    Aug 27, 2014 at 8:05 am
    Its good decision if health safety of public is the reason .. Its bad if its to please Muslims for vote bank..
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    K
    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:42 am
    Let us murder personal choice, let us never allow the people the of India to think for themselves, let us never understand the benefits of moderate liquor consumption. Let us never step out of our thick orthodox skins. Let us never become the embodiment of the times that this day and age represent. Yes my friends, without personal choice, we are all slaves to the notion that is freedom.
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    K
    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:18 am
    Oommen Chandy you will have a mutiny on your hands, it's just a matter of time. You will see how ed a decision this is in just a few months. India has once again proved that it is the conservative prick it has always known to be, just the best imitator of the west. A very very highly psychologically backwards and short sighted decision this, I must say, I'm appalled at how these ministers use their power to showcase their lack of education and brainpower. What a shame, what a shame! Even in today's time and age when the world is striving for greater highest we in India are fussing over liquor rather than creating awareness on the benefits of moderate liquor consumption the Indian government believes in fueling anger by banning its consumption all together thereby opening roads to liquor smuggling and black market spurious liquor , which if these ministers had spent even a second of their time researching would have known that that is far more injurious to health than quality liquor. But drilling better sense in to the brains of the Indian government is like talking to a wall. Hats off to all of you for you never cease to amaze me with regards to your stupidity. Hats off!
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