Citing jobs lost and tourism hit, Kerala eases anti-liquor policy

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Effectively reversing the previous Congress government’s liquor policy which envisaged total prohibition by 2025, the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front Government (LDF) on Thursday unveiled a new liquor policy for Kerala 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 m from national and state highways.

The Chief Minister said as per the new liquor policy, 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.

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