'Liquor to be made available online in Kerala from Onam'

Thiruvananthapuram: In a move sure to raise the spirits of devotees of Bachhus in Kerala amid talks of "tweaking" the state liquor policy, an apex cooperative body's chairman on Thursday said liquor would be made available online from Onam next month. M. Mehoob, chairman of Consumerfed (Kerala State Cooperatives Consumers' Federation Ltd.), said it would make 59 brands of liquor available online from Onam festival, which comes in the second week of September. "We are also willing to operate a liquor supermarket in Kozhikode, if we get the licence," Mehoob told reporters in Kozhikode. Consumerfed is the apex body of consumer cooperatives and has 36 retail liquor outlets in Kerala.  The state's present liquor policy, which comes into force at the beginning of every fiscal, was formulated by the previous Oommen Chandy government, as per which liquor is available only at two dozen five-star hotels in Kerala. The previous government had closed down more than 700 bars in the state in 2014 and 2015. During Chandy's rule, no new liquor outlets were opened but rather more than 60 retail outlets were closed.