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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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    Ajai
    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
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      KRISHNASWAMY VENKATASUBRAMANIA
      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
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        app
        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.
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        1. Arun Murthy
          Aug 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm
          Can Malayalees really survive without booze? It is part of their diet!
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            Shrinath
            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
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