What is Kerala's new liquor policy?
- As per the policy, only five-star hotels in Kerala can serve liquor.
- No renewal of licences for the 418 bars which remain closed now.
- From April 2015, the existing 318 bars will not get their licences renewed.
- Every year 10 per cent of beverages corporation outlets will be phased out so in the next 10 years, all of them will be shut down.
- Bars and Bevco outlets will remain shut on Sundays and every first day of the month.
- A rehab package for habitual drinkers and bar employees, Punarjani, to be set up.
Effects of the liquor policy
- The new liquor policy is aimed at shutting down bars attached to hotels below the five-star category.
- The policy is aimed at reducing availability of liquor in the State.
- It will led to shut down of 730 bars across the State, branding them as 'sub-standard".
- The ban order comes into force from September, 11.
Drinking a disease in Kerala! What data say?
- Kerala is India's tippler State. It has the highest per capita consumption - over eight litres (1.76 gallons) per person a year.
- In 2010, Kerala consumed 11.1 litre of alcohol per person, almost 3 times the national average of 4.3 litre per person.
- A Economic Survey Review, 2012, showed that liquor consumption in Kerala was more than 1.76 gallons per person, followed by Maharastra and Punjab.
- A 2011 report by one of India's largest trade bodies found that Kerala accounted for 16% of national alcohol sales, the largest proportion of any State.
Legal hiccup in the liquor policy?
- The Supreme Court sees no logic in Kerala banning sale of liquor at bars and hotels below 5-star category.
- The apex court prevents State Government from taking any coercive step until next hearing.
- The court on Thursday will take up the hearing a batch of petitions challenging the State Government's order.
- The petitions have described the move as discriminatory, besides an unlawful curtailment of their right to earn livelihood by carrying out their trade.