Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Govt ready to do anything for bar workers’ rehabilitation: Chandy

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Tuesday that the government was ready to do anything for the rehabilitation of bar workers in the wake of the Supreme Court favouring the State’s liquor policy.

He added that the court order was a recognition for the government’s liquor policy.“The liquor policy didn’t happen in a day. Even from the period of former chief ministers K Karunakaran and A K Antony, this was the declared policy of the government. The present government only did the follow-up. The government’s aim is to reduce the availability of liquor in a phased manner and efface it eventually. The policy was formulated not to take revenge on anyone and the government’s grudge is against bad things in society,” Chandy explained. 
The chief minister said the Opposition’s allegation was that the policy was made all on a sudden. But, the court order had proved that wrong. “The Opposition should clarify its stand on liquor policy as the people have the right to know about it. The court order is not against anyone, especially bar owners, who should not misunderstand the verdict,” said Chandy, adding that the government’s decision was a bold one.

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