THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Making it evident that his tough stand on the renewal of bar licences will continue, KPCC president V MSudheeran said that the political leadership and officials should welcome the changes after the closure of 418 bars in the state.
“The crimes as well as accident rates have come down after the closure of the 418 bars in the state. Also, there is a drop in the number of people seen lying on the roads in a drunken state. All these show that the closure of bars has been fruitful and everyone should be able to accept this positive change,” he said.
Sudheeran reiterated his stand that the policy of the Congress and the UDF Government is to reduce the availability of liquor and its consumption. “The party and the government are working on these lines and more steps will be taken within the framework of this policy,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a report to the State Government, the Income Tax Secretary has said that there is no need to re-open all 418 bars that were found to be sub-standard. The report has recommended that the government should conduct inspections to find out the sub-standard bars among the 418 bars and renew the licences of those which meet the prescribed standards. The report also said that of the 316 bars, which are currently functioning, many are reportedly not up to the mark.
“These bars should be inspected under the supervision of the respective District Collectors,” said the report which also mooted the forming of a committee to carry out periodic checking in the bars.
The IT Secretary’s report would be discussed in the next Cabinet meeting and also in the UDF meeting.
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