Mallapuram: The municipal authority has ordered to shut down all liquor shops under Beverages Corporation and Consumerfed across the municipal limits till March 31 in Kerala’s Mallapuram. The municipality has issued an official notice to all state govt run liquor outlets.
The municipal authority has decided to close down the liquor outlets on Wednesday.
The action was taken as a mean to take preventive measures to counter COVID-19 outbreak.
The matter came under the jurisdiction of municipal authority after councillor Haris Amian submitted a letter raising concern on the operation of liquor outlets which are usually crowded. The letter states that the operation of liquor shops can potentially lead to the rapid spread of the disease in society as over 100 people gather in liquor shops every day.
The opposition does not seem happy with the decision of closing down liquor outlets. The opposition alleged that the move to close down liquor outlets is part of political agenda. They also noted that they will support the action to reduce the crowd in liquor shops.
The ruling party refuted the opposition’s statement and responded that the secretary has been vested with the power to issue a notice to the liquor outlets as per the municipal act.
However, the secretary informed the council to meet that such a notice won’t be issued as per the act.
After debating for a long time the final decision was approved by the council and they decided to close down liquor outlets.