Liquor not for revenue

Minister for Excise, Ports and Fisheries K. Babu said the government would not open more liquor outlets of the Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Bevco).

Inaugurating a State leadership training camp of the Kerala State Excise Staff Association at Malampuzha, near here, on Monday the Minister said “the government did not view sale of IMFL or any other liquor, including toddy, as revenue earning measures.

Mr. Babu said as part of curtailing consumption of liquor “the government was against giving bar licence to three- and four-star hotels.” The government would introduce a provision on distance between bar hotels.

A commission would be appointed to study the issue, he said.

Pending licences

The Minister said though the High Court had asked the government to issue 30 bar licences that were pending, the government had gone in appeal against it in the Supreme Court.

The Minister denied that he had made any statement earlier that the government would issue bar licence to 30 three- and four-star hotels. “In fact, the government was against giving new bar licence and starting new liquor sale outlets,” Mr. Babu said.

He said the government had taken strict action against the sale of adulterated toddy. Toddy shops were closed down in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts as there was no toddy tapping in these districts.

He said the government had simplified rules to give 20 per cent commission on illicit liquor and spirit seized by the Excise officials.

Incentive

This will be an incentive to those who sincerely worked to implement the government policy of curbing smuggling of spirit and liquor to the State. Stern action would be taken against erring employees, he said.

He said all Excise offices in the State would be linked via computer network. Modernisation of eight district Excise offices, including in Palakked, was being taken up.

The meeting was addressed by K. Achuthan, MLA; Excise Commissioner X. Anil; Joint Commissioner M.A. Francis; Kerala State Excise Staff Association State general secretary P.K. Mohammedali, among others. State president of the association K. Subramaniyan presided over the meeting.


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