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Kerala state cabinet ratified new liquor policy

Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) government cabinet ratified the new liquor policy.

Aug 28, 2014 11:46 IST
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Kerala state cabinet cabinet on 27 August 2014 ratified the new liquor policy. The policy was contemplated to shut down bars attached to hotels below the five-star category .It was a part of governments plan to reduce availability of liquor.

As part of new policy, 312 bars attached to hotels below the five-star category would be served notices, asking them to close their bars by 12 September 2014.The government also decided not to renew licences of 418 bars which were remained shut since April 2014 for want of required facilities.

However, the cabinet put off the decision on issues related to licences to beer and wine parlours and elite clubs that serve liquor.

Background
The UDF leadership met on 22 August 2014 in Thiruvanathapuram to consider the fate of the 418 bars which were closed since April 2014 due to lack of required facilities and decided to sharply cut down on liquor trade.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy proposed this policy and got his cabinet nod.

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