Kerala launches prohibition policy on Gandhi Jayanti
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A policy to achieve total
prohibition and several environment friendly programmes were launched in Kerala
on Thursday to mark the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
“Today, world over Gandhiji is being remembered and in
Kerala, we begin the first step to achieve the goal of achieving complete
prohibition,” said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy while inaugurating a ‘Gandhi
Smrithi Yathra’ in the state capital.
As the first step of the new liquor policy, 39 of the
383 state-owned liquor retail outlets would be closed from Thursday. Another 10
per cent of the retail outlets would be closed on this day next year. Chandy
has set Oct 2, 2023 for enforcing complete prohibition in the state.
Earlier in the day, Chandy inaugurated a state-wide
programme of collecting plastic bags and other plastic waste. The state
government had Wednesday decided to ban the use of flex and plastics for making
publicity material and those which used the material to depict Chandy and his
cabinet colleagues were removed from the roads.
At the Congress headquarters, Chandy and party
president VM Sudheeran planted 146 vegetable plants as part of inaugurating a
programme to produce pesticide-free vegetables. This programme would be
extended to all schools and households.
Chandy then visited a slum in the heart of the city
and assured the residents that necessary actions would be taken to keep their