THRISSUR: The Chief Minister on Wednesday that the UDF government’s decision to shut down all the bars and also the beverages and consumerfed outlets by 2023 was not a surprise move.
Speaking at a special meet organised by the Kerala Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, the CM said that the government had drawn up the new policy, to gradually reduce the availability of liquor, after the UDF meet last week. The government had two options, either to spread awareness and prompt people to quit drinking or to ban sale of liquor. The new liquor policy is a combination of both, he said.
“The next cabinet meeting will discuss the methods and measures needed to be taken to prevent flow of illicit liquor. The steps to be taken for the strict implementation of the liquor policy too will be decided upon during the meeting,” he added.