As part of an attempt to implement total prohibition on liquor in the state in 10 years’ time, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday firmly said that his government would not go back on its new liquor policy of limiting bar licenses to only 5-star hotels
Chandy, while speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting in Thiruvananthapuram said that the decision was taken after discussing over it for five months.
“I am not taking the revenue loss of about Rs 7,000 crore lightly. However, the loss to society and drawbacks due to liquor consumption is much more than the revenue earned by the state”, stated Chandy.
The government came forward with an Onam festival bonus or Rs 5,000 each to 7,467 employees of 412 bars in the state which have been already shut down.
312 bars, apart from the 412 already closed, have been issued notices to close by September 12.