No liquor licenses issued to MPs after 2015
The Ministry of Finance claims that no liquor licenses have been issued to the current parliamentarians.
Although liquor licenses were issued to the owners of hotels approved by the Tourist Board after 2015 with the intention of developing tourism industry, none of the current parliamentarians has been issued with liquor licenses, the Ministry says in a statement.
There are currently 4,910 licensed liquor shops and, 1,100 out of them are retailers, 1,567 hoteliers and 554 restaurateurs and the Excise Department has issued licenses for 368 wine and beer outlets, as well as, 200 toddy taverns and for 1,080 foreign liquor sales outlets, the Ministry says.
Any person who wants to obtain a liquor license could obtain such a license by following the terms and conditions imposed by the Excise Department, it adds.