The Kerala government is all set to tweak t liquor policy of the previous Oommen Chandy government.
"We are very clear on what the policy should be. It will come into effect from the next fiscal year, " State Minister for Excise T.P. Ramakrishnan has said.
"Generally, the liquor policy is an annual affair and it comes into effect on the first day of every financial year," he said.
Speaking on likely changes in tweaked liquor policy, he said: "Whenever our policy is announced, it will be one that lays emphasis on the policy of abstinence and not total prohibition, which the last government's policy stressed upon."
Previous government had laid out a road map to take the state towards total prohibition by 2023.
It has planned to allow only some two dozen bars to operate in five-star hotels in the state, which led to the closure of more than 700 bars operational in other starred hotels and restaurants.