The new policy had been initiated by the government in the wake of widespread criticism on the increase in liquor consumption in the state, which has the dubious distinction of being the highest per capita consumption of liquor.
The Apex Court passing orders on a batch of pleas by Kerala bar owners, challenging the liquor policy, upheld the state's decision to close down over 700 bars below the category of five star hotels. The hoteliers had claimed that government's decision was discriminatory.
Reacting to the verdict, Chandy said it was a "well thought out policy and not one, which was implemented in a hurry as alleged by the Opposition", while Kerala PCC President VM Sudheeran described the judgement as 'historical'.
State Excise Minister K Babu, said the state would go ahead with its anti-liquor campaign projects while former Finance Minister and Kerala Congress (M) supremo KM Mani, felt the Apex Court decision was a 'recognition' for the UDF and the government.
Chandy told reporters here that the new liquor policy brought out in August 2014, was a continuation of the UDF's initiative to reduce the availability of hard liquor. The policy's main objective was to implement total prohibition in 10 years time and to rehabilitate the workers, the closed bars were converted to wine and beer parlours.

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