Kerala to issue more liquor licences

 The Kerala government is all set to issue licences to 30 more foreign liquor bars in a couple of weeks.

Addressing a function organised in connection with the anti-alcohol campaign launched by the Kerala Catholic Bishop Council in Kochi on Friday, Excise minister K Babu said the licence was being issued following a Supreme Court order.

“If the nod is not given to the hotels to start bars, the government will be pulled up by the court. The Court has given eight weeks to implement its order,” the minister clarified.

 The minister said the government was planning to conduct a study on the impact of alcohol in Kerala. The state is the largest guzzler in India with an annual per-capita consumption of nine litres.

Various studies reported that school kids in the age group of 12-13 years are “well spirited” in the state and the villain behind the high rate of road accidents, divorce, family clashes, heart, renal and gastro cases is alcohol.

Many religious and social organisations have been clamouring for regulating the consumption of alcohol.

The government, irrespective of the fact that whether it is led by the CPM or the Congress, admits the irreparable damages inflicted on the society.

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