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Kerala’s new policy sets up wider availability of liquor in state

The new policy facilitates manufacturing of liquor and wine from locally available fruits, opening up of new retail outlets and permitting liquor licence at IT parks.

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The Kerala government on Wednesday ratified the new liquor policy for the next fiscal. The new policy facilitates manufacturing of liquor and wine from locally available fruits, opening up of new retail outlets and permitting liquor licence at IT parks.

By giving licence to manufacture fruit-based, low-alcohol content beverages, the government wants to give a boost to the cultivation of banana, pineapple, jackfruit, cashew and nutmeg in the state. Besides, the decision to permit bars at IT parks is envisaged to increase facilities at the premises, government sources said.

As per the new policy, the state-run liquor retailer, BEVCO, will be allowed to open more outlets across Kerala. At present, the state has 306 liquor retail outlets. The high court has pulled up BEVCO several times to reduce rush at these outlets and provide better facilities to consumers. Accordingly, the new outlets will have walk-in facilities for consumers. BEVCO has demanded 175 new outlets, but the final figure on new shops will be decided later. While selecting new locations for outlets, preference will be given to tourism hubs.

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First published on: 30-03-2022 at 05:05:07 pm
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