The Minister for Excise, Ports and Fisheries K. Babu has declared that the Government “will not start any new liquor outlets of Kerala State Beverages Corporation in the State in the future.”

Inaugurating the state leadership training camp of the Kerala State Excise Staff Association at Malampuzha near here on Monday the Minister said that the “policy of the United Democratic Front (UDF) is to bring down the consumption of liquor in the State to put some control on the alarming increase in the consumption of Indian Made Foreign Liquor”.

The Minister said that “the Government did not see the sale of IMFL or any other liquor including toddy as a revenue earning measure. To reduce the serious harms from liquor consumption the government wanted to promote only soft liquor like toddy.

Since toddy is a traditional trade, the Government want to protect them though the revenue earned from it is only Rs.15 crore annually.”

The Minister said as part of bringing down the consumption of liquor in the State “the Government is against giving Bar license to three and four star hotels. It also wanted to implement rules to control the mushrooming of Bars in the State.”