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Church calls for new alcohol curbs
New law would work against bishops' attempts to render state 'dry'
- ucanews.com reporter, Kochi
- November 23, 2011
A political sub-committee met at Thiruvananthapuram.
"We have considered all views regarding the liquor policy and decided to restrict issuing new licenses to hotel bars,"said MM Hasan, a senior Congress leader who heads the committee.
The Church is worried about the Kerala governmentâ€™s draft liquor policy, which would make alcohol â€śfreely availableâ€ť.
The policy proposes that three-star hotels could have a bar license and would relax a ban on sales within 200 meters of places of worship, educational institutionsÂ and hospitals.
The Church has been campaigning for a liquor-free Kerala. But adoption of the new policy would â€śfoil our attempts and drive the youth to alcoholism,â€ť said Major Archbishop and head of the Syro-Malabar Church George Alenchery.
Father Thaithottam, president of Kerala's anti-liquor committee, said the new policy runs counter to assurances given by the ruling coalition and the chief minister.
â€śAlcoholism has destabilized families, leading to suicides, high crime rates and road accidents,â€ť he said.
Church fights stateâ€™s liquor policy