Kozhikode: Muslim League leader and Industries Minister P K Kunjalikutty has demanded that the UDF government put some restriction on low-standard bar hotels in the State.
“People are spending a lot of money on liquor. This trend will create a lot of issues in the country. This is a sad situation,” Kunjalikutty told reporters here on Monday.
The minister said that the Muslim League’s policy was to bring the liquor-sale down gradually.
He also said that he would discuss the matter in a UDF meet.
The State government has been under heavy pressure to update its liquor policy with stricter norms. VM Sudheeran, the new president of the State unit of the Congress party, had last week favoured drastic steps to cut down on liquor use in Kerala which has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in the country.
The Justice M. Ramachandran Commission, appointed by the government to look into the Kerala Abkari policy, has put forth several recommendations to achieve the goal including introduction of liquor with low alcohol content and a change in the timing of bar hotels to bring down the consumption of liquor.