Kerala minister slams UDF liquor policy

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy government’s liquor policy was a confused one and needs revisions, Tourism Minister A.C. Moideen said on Tuesday.

“Who does not know that the UDF liquor policy was a ‘hotchpotch one’ and it was floated without any substance? It came out amid serious differences of opinion among Congress leaders,” said Moideen.

Moideen’s statement came after a weekly quoted opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala as saying that the previous Congress-led government’s liquor policy did not yield the desired results in the May assembly polls which the UDF lost.

Moideen, in a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Excise Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan, has said the policy required corrections on account of a drop in earnings.

Introduced by the UDF government, the strict policy saw a shutdown of about 700 liquor bars. Alcohol is now available only in about two dozen five star hotels.

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The policy also saw the closing down of about 50 liquor retail outlets across the state.

–IANS

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