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Thursday, 20 June 2024 12.21 PM IST

No more 'Dry Day' in Kerala; Govt set to make massive reforms

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government of Kerala is mooting plans to stop observing ‘dry day’ in the state. If this is lifted, then the beverage outlet in the state would be working for an additional 12 days annually, which the government believe would bring huge profits to the corporation.

The government is also considering proposals like auctioning beverage outlets and promoting micro wineries. These are considered proposals to increase the revenue of the government. In March, a discussion was held in the department secretaries' meeting presided over by the Chief Secretary regarding scraping 'dry day' on the first of every month. It is not just the 12-day profit that proved to be the impetus for the move, but the fear of getting a setback in the tourism sector made it expedient for the government to reach a quick decision. The fall in tourism could even prevent the state from participating in national international events which is the main doorway for investments.

It is suggested that the tourism department should consult with the experts and submit a note about this proposal. The tourism secretary has been entrusted with the task.

The possibility of auctioning the management of a certain number of retail liquor shops will also be explored to raise tax revenue. The meeting also decided to promote micro wineries. Among the recommendations for increasing income, it is proposed to support the promotion of wine production. The production of horti wine and other wines will be encouraged according to the plan. It is also proposed to revise the regulations related to the labelling of alcohol for export, conforming with the national and international regulations.

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