Sale of alcohol declined, says Bevco in new affidavit

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014,20:20 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kerala state beverages corporation (Bevco) informed the High court in a new affidavit today that the new liquor policy of the state government reflected in the sale of Indian made foreign liquor. The affidavit points out a marginal decline in the total volume of sales since the closure of 418 bars on a direction from the court.
Alcohol consumption has declined in Kerala after 418 bars were closed down, said the affidavit. In the affidavit filed in the high court on Saturday, the corporation said liquor sale was dropped by one percent and beer sale declined by six per cent.
From April to August this year, 98.4 cases of liquor were sold while the sale was 99.5 lakh during the same period last year. Beer sale from April to August was 40.4 cases while it was 42.27 cases during the same period last year, according to the corporations records.
The new affidavit comes in contrary to the earlier one in which the corporation had told the high court that since April, the remaining hotel bars in the state had experienced record liquor sales. This affidavit got criticised from various circles.