Bishops Council calls for changes in liquor policy
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 13:22
Kottayam: The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council has requested the state government to incorporate vital changes in the liquor policy, saying the present one is "dangerous to society".

It said the move to allot licenses to star hotels in the name of tourism would only lead to unregulated availability of liquor and ultimately render any restriction ineffective.

"The working time of liquor outlets should be restricted from 9.00 AM to 9.00 PM," chairman of the council's temperance commission Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril told reporters here.

The bishop said the government should adhere to the promise in its election manifesto to empower local bodies to decide on allowing liquor shops in their jurisdiction.

On July 26, the government decided to raise the age for buying and drinking liquor from 18 years to 21. Working hours of 683 bar hotels were reduced by three hours per day.

These bars can function only between 8.00 AM and 11.00 PM in panchayats and municipalities and between 9.00 AM and 1200 hours mid-night. Presently, the bars open at 6 AM and function up to 12 mid-night.

The rules will come into effect from April next as license fee for this fiscal had already been collected.


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 13:22

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