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Liquor policy may be reviewed

By Our Staff Reporter

THRISSUR, OCT 18. The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, has hinted at the UDF Government's willingness to revise the newly announced liquor policy in view of the widespread criticism against it.

Replying to questions from the reporters after his mass contact programme here today, the Chief Minister said, "I don't want to make any personal comment on the liquor policy."

"It was the Cabinet which had formulated the policy and only the Cabinet can revise it. The UDF sub-committee had also discussed the policy before finalising it. But the UDF is not a structure which totally ignores the public opinion, and it will not be reluctant to make changes in its approaches in accordance with the public opinion,'' the Chief Minister replied when his attention was drawn to criticisms against the liquor policy even from the Congress leaders like V.M. Sudheeran, and Ministers like P.K. Kunhalikutty.

The Chief Minister parried questions relating to the reported decision of the eminent medical professional M.S. Valiyathan to quit the post of vice-president of the State Science and Technology Council.

Recruitments

Earlier speaking at the passing-out parade of the 24th batch of Sub-Inspectors and Armed Police Sub-Inspector cadets at the Kerala Police Academy here, Mr. Chandy said that recruitment to the Kerala Police would be held every year.

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