Kerala decides to go for prohibition in phases, bars only in 5-star hotels

The state would have bars only in the five-star hotels.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:August 21, 2014 6:03 pm
The state has also decided to reduce the outlets of the government-owned Bevco, the sole retail distributor of Indian made foreign liquor in Kerala. The state has decided to reduce the outlets of the government-owned Bevco, the sole retail distributor of Indian made foreign liquor in Kerala. (Picture for representational purpose)

The Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala, which met on Thursday to discuss the liquor policy of the government, decided to bring in prohibition in a phased manner.

Although the issue at stake was renewal of license of 418 liquor bars in Kerala, the unexpected demand for prohibition from within Congress, its allies and mounting pressure from social and religious outfits, forced the government to declare prohibition in a phased manner.

After the meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media that there was no issue of reopening the 418 liquor bars. Besides, the state would have bars only in the five-star category from next fiscal onwards. The state has also decided to reduce the outlets of the government-owned Bevco, the sole retail distributor of Indian made foreign liquor in Kerala, by 10 per cent every year.

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  1. A
    Aug 22, 2014 at 5:29 am
    Here is the Irony :The irony is this decision was forced upon everyone by just one man - VM Sudheeran , the new KPCC president - and he is from a Hindu caste that has had quite a few liquor barons ! Sudheeran who has been "anti liquor" guy for long.No politician including his colleagues in Congress,rest of UDF guys and even opposition BJP guys, Communists and had the guts to be seen as supporters of the liquor lobby- because u will be kicked out by women voters who are 100% against alcohol! They all needed to save their own image!The church party ( Kerala Cong), and the muslim party ( Muslim League) - both who were earlier against closing down bars (because of pure commercial reasons) - overnight changed their stand and aligned themselves with the KPCC president's view of not allowing the reopening of any closed bar!Finally it became a race to get credit ! The CM Oommen Chandy won that race. He brought out the ace card from his pocket - closing down all BARs and total prohibition in 10 years - which was much more than what the activist KPCC president had pushed for!Final score of the political match within CongressSudheeran 1 : Ommen Chandy 1
  2. K
    Aug 22, 2014 at 6:01 am
    I am a tea totaller.But this move I can say is a farce.It will make the drunkard seek out spurious alcohol and spoil himself.Probably police will be happy for obvious reasons
  3. A
    Aug 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm
    Either fully ban alcohol like in Gujarat or completely liberalise the supply like in Mahe. This partial ban is not going to work.
  4. A
    Arun Murthy
    Aug 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    Can Malayalees really survive without booze? It is part of their diet!
  5. S
    Aug 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm
    In Kerala, even a small village has got high standard bars. It is interesting to see how the prohibition works in Kerala
  6. J
    Aug 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm
    Prohibition has never worked nor will it ever work. However, it is a easy money making machine for the powerful and an appetizer for the religious beliefs of some. Soon one will face an increase in deaths from consumption of illicit liquor from the bootleggers, and so called imported foreign bs.
  7. K
    K Narayana Pillai
    Aug 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    I suggest to open new liquor shop in every wards so that the money they loot from the people in the name of "nokku kuli" and the exorbitant wages are spent in liquor and beef. If they don't have enough money to buy beef and chicken, what the poultry owners and cattle owners from Tamil Nadu will do with their deceased cattle and chemical injected chickens? Prohibition will cause inflation in the market and the prices of other commodities will go high.
  8. M
    Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm
    I think we are back to an era of w bootlegging, excise raids, and insutionalised corruption.This is also going make kerala less attractive to younger tourists, both from within India and abroad.A far better and civilised way should have been to increase awareness campaigns and stricter action against drunken driving and behaviour.
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