As many as 60 liquor shops will reopen in Kerala after the state government waived the requirement for no-objection certificates from local bodies for bars and liquor outlets.
The local bodies had earlier denied permission to liquor outlets under Bevco and Consumerfed. The shops shifted from the national highways are the ones to be reopened.
The state cabinet on Wednesday decided to waive the NOCs from local bodies, a norm introduced during the regime of the previous UDF government. The decision was taken as a precursor to the government's move to introduce a new liquor policy. The government is also planning to bring in an ordinance to alter the Panchayati Raj law. Excise minister T.P. Ramakrishnan on Wednesday said the new policy would be announced by June 30.
The new policy would be in line with the Supreme Court directive on outlets near the highways.
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Earlier, a senior CPM leader in Kerala had given the go-ahead to open the bars closed down by the previous Congress-led UDF government. The ruling party will consult its allies before the government formulates a liquor policy based on the policy adopted by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government of 2007.