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Kozhikode: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy visited Thamarassery Bishop Remigious Inchananiyil at St. Joseph Ferona Church at Kodanchery here on Saturday.

"I am very happy with the meeting and its outcome. Our new liquor policy is now going to be implemented and there would be no going back. We will reach total prohibition by reducing the availability of liquor," Chandy told reporters here.

On Friday, the KCBC committee has organised a day-long protest, demanding the withdrawal of the liquor policy.

"It was (former defence minister A.K. Antony) who introduced the arrack ban in 1995. After this the state government opened retail liquor outlets. It was done with a purpose because arrack was a dangerous commodity. When we came out with our new policy, we have a sense of direction on how total prohibition can be achieved over a period of time," said Chandy.

The amended liquor policy came out last week. According to it, 418 bars that have not been opened in this fiscal can be converted into wine and beer parlours and it was decided to lift the ban of making all Sundays dry days.

When the policy was unveiled in August, there was a huge public outcry as people felt that it was not practical because more than 700 bars would not be allowed to serve liquor and Sundays will be dry days.

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