SC liquor ban: Ker­ala stats show drop in sales

The Indian Express - - EX­PRESS NET­WORK - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE

THE SUPREME Court or­der ban­ning liquor sale within 500 me­ters of na­tional and state high­ways has led to huge drop in al­co­hol sales in Ker­ala.

Statis­tics of the state-run Ker­ala Bev­er­ages Cor­po­ra­tion show that the vol­ume of liquor sold in April 2017 came down by 30 per cent com­pared to the fig­ure of cor­re­spond­ing month last year. Among al­co­holic bev­er­ages, huge drop was re­ported in the vol­ume of beer (53.52 per cent) and wine (43.52 per cent). As many as 535 beer and wine par­lours out of 805 have re­mained closed in Ker­ala fol­low­ing the or­der.

The sale of IMF through state-run re­tail outlets has come down only by eight per cent. Of 270 re­tail outlets, 137 outlets could not be re­lo­cated fol­low­ing the ver­dict.

Ex­cise min­is­ter T P Ra­makr­ish­nan Wed­nes­day told the state assem­bly that the state will in­cur loss of Rs 5,000 be­cause ofthe­clo­sure­ofliquorout­lets.the loss of in­come from liquor sale will im­pact the wel­fare mea­sures of the gov­ern­ment. Be­sides, the re­stric­tions in the avail­abil­ity of liquor would force peo­ple to turn to hooch, said the min­is­ter.

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