The Kerala government undergoing a severe economic crisis due to mismanagement has ordered the reopening of 68 closed liquor shops in the state. The order is based on the new liquor policy.
The liquor shops which were shifted from the National Highways and those closed down following widespread protests by the locals, during the Oommen Chandy government are being reopened.
Bevco had recommended to the government to allow the opening of the closed ones as premium outlets. Based on this, these outlets will be opened.
The excise duty on liquor has been increased under the government’s new liquor policy announced on April 1. This will increase prices in military and paramilitary canteens. The various fees in the bars were also increased.