The Kerala Government today cancelled the controversial order to permit three breweries and an Indian-Made Foreign Liquor bottling plant.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told mediapersons today that though there was no discrepancy in the order, the cancellation was in the wake of “larger and other immediate interests” of the State.
He was finding it difficult to explain the cancellation and said that it was the policy of the government to have more breweries and distilleries in the State.
The move comes in the backdrop of the Opposition UDF planning a massive agitation against the permits, alleging corruption.
Pinarayi claimed there was no truth in the Opposition charges as it aimed at creating a 'smokescreen’.
He said the 1999 order not allowing opening of new distilleries was applicable only for applications then and the Government would go ahead with entertaining fresh applications and would have in place a new system to consider applications and clear them.