Modi govt mum on Kerala liquor ban

New Delhi: Union Tourism Minister

 Modi govt mum on Kerala liquor ban

Tourism Minister Shripad Naik. PIB

on Tuesday declined to comment on Kerala's proposed liquor ban policy saying it is a state government's decision and he is yet to "examine it".

"We have not studied it. It was a state government's
decision," Naik said on the sidelines of a function here
when asked to comment on Kerala's plan to ban sale and
consumption of alcohol.

Kerala has outlined plans to ban the sale and consumption
of alcohol to tackle the state's alcohol-related problem. The
state government aims to enforce total prohibition in 10
years.

Asked repeatedly whether the Ministry supports Kerala's
proposed prohibition policy, he maintained "I am yet to study
it...We have to see what was the demand of the locals in the
state."

Kerala, which draws a considerable number of global
tourists for its beaches, backwaters and ayurvedic service,
is one of the highest liquor consuming state in the country.

Asked whether the ban is going to affect tourist arrivals
in the state, he said "I have to examine that. It was a state
government decision. I do not know the details. I have to
examine it and then I would be able to say anything on it."

PTI

Updated Date: Aug 26, 2014 15:59:10 IST