Kerala govt eases anti-liquor policy

The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front Government (LDF) in Kerala on Thursday unveiled a new liquor policy that allows sale of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) in hotels having three and four-star classifications.

As per the new policy, two-star hotels will be allowed to run beer/wine parlours.

However, licences of liquor bars and beer parlours would be renewed only as per the recent directive of the Supreme Court which bans such vending within 500 metres from national and state highways.

The new policy has given significant relief to bars and hotels which had to be closed down following the recent directive of the Supreme Court.

These bars can now be relocated to another premises within the same taluk on the existing liquor licence. To give a boost to the traditional toddy business in Kerala, bar hotels will be allowed to sell toddy, too.

The functioning of the liquor bars was limited from 11 am to 11 pm. The minimum age for purchasing liquor was increased from 21 to 23.

(Agencies)