Each unit would have an Excise official among the members.
Unadulterated toddy is a unique selling proposition of Kerala tourism. The hardest part, however, is to get the original, pure drink.
The Excise department recently seized toddy that contained more than 10 ingredients. Some of the ingredients could not be identified even after a scientific laboratory test.
Fourteen excise department officials were suspended from service after the Vigilance confiscated Rs 10.23 lakh from an official and two contractors more than a week ago.
The new corporation would be engaged in regulating the functioning of toddy shops, carrying out procurement and distribution of toddy and deployment of employees for these tasks.
The Excise Department found traces of cannabinoid in samples from toddy shops in Thodupuzha and Kothamangalam that were tested in November-December 2020
In the 18th and 19th centuries, toddy helped loosen the tight caste restrictions in northern Kerala and showed that a post-caste society was indeed a possibility in a future India.
The toddy shops have always been the face of Kerala's rural landscape. These modest outlets, besides serving a rather healthy drink with a dash of intoxication, evoke a sense of nostalgia.
As if to further prove that the LDF government will in no way encourage liquor consumption, the draft policy has fixed a higher annual fee for bars.
Protests have been brewing in the Kerala excise department after an officer was transferred for inaccurately measuring toddy.