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The Kerala cabinet today ratified the new liquor policy which envisaged to shut down bars attached to hotels below the five-star category as part of its plans to reduce availability of liquor. The cabinet, however, deferred a decision on issues related to licences to beer and wine parlours and elite clubs that serve liquor.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters that several matters, including issues related to beer and wine parlours and clubs serving liquor, have to be incorporated in the new policy and will be taken up at the next cabinet meeting. Chandy said, ruling UDF had taken a strong decision now to close down of about 730 bars.
The radical policy shift to sharply cut down on liquortrade was taken by the UDF leadership meet last week.