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Tourism and labour departments studied liquor policy changes during UDF govt

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Legislative document that Secretaries of the Tourism and labour departments were appointed to study the changes in the liquor policy during the UDF govt.

Necessary adjustments were made in the liquor policy based on the study report of the Tourism Secretary. It was decided to issue licenses to beer and wine parlors based on this report.

On March 17, 2015, the then Excise Minister K. Babu replied to questions from Purushan Kadalundi, KK Narayanan, Babu M Palissery and S Rajendran.

The question was whether a committee had been appointed to study the repercussions of the liquor policy on the tourism and employment sectors. This was in the context of the UDF government's decision to grant bar licenses only to five-star hotels in the 2014-15 liquor policy.

Under the liquor policy, the UDF government had decided to revoke the licenses of bars below five stars and to reduce foreign liquor retail outlets by 10 percent annually.

Minister Babu's reply in the Legislative Assembly made it clear that if implemented, the Secretaries of the Department of Tourism and Labour were tasked with conducting a study and submitting a report on the effects on the employment, tourism and hotel industries of the state.

Organizations in the tourism sector have also called for a review of the policy of closing bars.

A P Anilkumar was the Tourism Minister and Labour Minister Shibu Baby John.

Opposition leader V D Satheesan asked in a press conference yesterday what right the tourism department has in deciding changes in the liquor policy.

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