Will not withdraw BevQ app: TP Ramakrishnan
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government will not withdraw the BevQ, the mobile app for processing virtual queues for the sale of liquor in Kerala, said Excise Minister TP Ramakrishnan. The technical issues relating to the app will be resolved soon, he added.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held under the Excise Minister in the wake of widespread complaints against the app. The app developers, representatives of Faircode Technologies also attended the meeting in which they ensured that the technical snags will soon be resolved. Based on this, the government decided not to withdraw the app. IT secretary and others also attended the meeting.
According to reports, Faircode was entrusted with the app development after technical examination and hence the government still trusts the reliability of the app.
However, many of the bar owners have demanded to withdraw the app as it faced issues for two consecutive days after being rolled out. The association of bar owners have demanded the state government to grant permission for liquor sale directly from bars.
Meanwhile, there were reports that bars were selling liquor to consumers without tokens. Police arrived in many places and dispersed the crowd gathered violating COVID-19 protocol.