Biju Ramesh, one of the tycoons in the State’s liquor industry, whose bribery allegations made veteran politician K. M. Mani resign from the last UDF cabinet, said the government should take steps to reopen bars based on facilities and standard instead of looking into the classification.
“Reopening of bars based on classification is an unwise decision. There are many smaller outlets in Kerala where liquor was served for commoners. These bars may not be categorised as three-star or four-star but were decent and standard in terms of service and other facilities. They should be allowed to reopen,” he said.
Three-star and four-star bars in the State have recently been reopened following the CPI(M)-led LDF Government clearing way for them in a path-breaking announcement of its liquor policy last month. More than 700 bars were closed during the UDF regime as part of its liquor prohibition policy. Apart from the tipplers and bar staff, the closure have caused damage to the State’s tourism and hospitality industry.