The organization of liquor manufacturers has demanded the withdrawal of the hike in margin.
The decisions initially included in the new liquor policy are not reflected in the new order issued by the Revenue Department giving effect to the policy.
Excise officials found 23 cases of liquor. Each case had 48 aseptic cartons measuring 180ml each.
In fact, the consumption of alcohol only soared even as fuel sales plummeted post the measure by the state government with an eye on revenue.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan pledged that SilverLine would be implemented with the Centre's approval. Oppn Leader VD Satheesan made a counter pledge, saying it would not be allowed even if the govt gets the approval.
The Bevco outlet in Kollam's Asramam topped the charts, selling liquor worth Rs 1.06 crore.
Even though a government order does not specify the number, BEVCO expects at least 68 more fresh outlets.
The timings will be 9 am to 7 pm and only parcel services will be allowed.
Though it is technically correct that the list had not been approved, it can be assumed that the management had taken a decision to hike the prices and carried out the preparatory works for it.
The U-turn had to be taken as the new price list reached various outlets without the knowledge of Bevco CMD Yogesh Gupta.