With the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government yet to declare its liquor policy the state cabinet meet decided to extend the period of liquor license by three months. Licencees of beer and wine parlours, toddy shops and bars can get their license extended from April 1 to three months by levying proportionate fees at current rates.

The decision was taken at a special cabinet meeting that lasted only for 40 minutes. 

The government is reportedly working on a new liquor policy which aims to provide bar license to four star hotels in the state in addition to five star hotels.

Also read: LDF to reverse liquor policy, Allow 35 four-star bars in Kerala

The policy is likely to be presented in the assembly session slated to begin on April 17. 

However, various organisations including the Church has already voiced their protest against issue of new license, the government plans to include them in the discussions before the announcement of the new policy. 

Read more: Church warns against attempts to subvert liquor policy

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the cabinet that a delay in taking a decision on extending the liquor license will affect the functioning of outlets. The government would also lose a substantive sum from license fees. It was then that the minister decided to extend the tenure of license as per existing rules. 

Hotels have to pay ₹23 lakh towards renewal license and the government would levy a proportionate amount for granting three month extension.