Decks have been cleared for the reopening of around 200 three-star and four-star bars in Kerala, with the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) State committee telling the government to frame its liquor policy for the current abkari year to facilitate reopening of the bars. The State Cabinet is expected take a decision on the recommendation.
Briefing reporters after a meeting of the LDF State committee in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, LDF convner Vaikom Viswan said the committee had told the State government to allow resumption of operations by the three-star and four-star bars in view of the sharp increase in substance abuse in the State, particularly among youngsters, accompanied by a general increase in liquor consumption. “The closure of bars has not brought down liquor consumption. It has only increased,” he said.
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