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Commission seeks cutting down bar-timing in state

Commission seeks cutting down bar-timing in state

Thiruvananthapuram: A report by Justice M Ramachandran Commission, appointed as part of framing a new liquor policy, has suggested putting restrictions on liquor sale in the state.

In the report, submitted to the government, he has suggested the functioning time of bars to be fixed from 11.30 am to 10 pm.

The commission, appointed by the government to reanalyse its liquor policy, has also asked it to not allot temporary licences.

At least a three-star standard should be required to get the bar licence. The standard of some of the existing bars are as low as local toddy outlets. Though the distance policy in the case of bars can be reconsidered, the 400 metre-rule should be followed in the case of toddy shops, the commission suggests.

While observing that a complete liquor-ban is not practical in the state, the commission says that the timing of the liquor shops should be made from 8 am to 8 pm.

Earlier, KPCC president VM Sudheeran had urged the government to frame a new liquor policy that places social interests above economic compulsions.

He had said the policy should aim at bringing down the accessibility to liquor. He observed that the influence of liquor on society had robbed the Kerala model of development of its luster and blamed the political leadership for the failure to address the problem.

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