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No poverty outside liquor contracts, people don’t even ask for subsidy or reservation: High Court

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The Kerala High Court on Thursday said people standing outside liquor vends are “egalitarians” and no one is demanding any subsidy or reservation. Also, customers can be seen queuing up outside such shops patiently and peacefully.

Justice Dewan Ramachandran said, “There is no poverty outside liquor contracts. Nobody wants subsidy or reservation. It is very egalitarian. Everyone is standing in the queue calmly and patiently.” The court said the only option to decongest the crowd outside these contracts is through ‘walk in shop’.

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“Unless you have suitable shops like other commodities, things will not get better,” the court said. Make it like any other shop.

The court said that due to the long queues outside liquor vends, people do not want such shops near their homes or workplaces.
Justice Ramachandran has directed the Excise Department to file a report on the subject for the next hearing on November 9. The court was hearing a contempt petition which claimed that its 2017 judgment was not being complied with. In this judgment, the court had directed the state government and Bevco to ensure that businesses and residents of a Thrissur area are not inconvenienced due to the shops of Bevco.

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