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Liquor Control Movement

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Liquor Control Movement
The Ball now is in People's Court: Dr. JP
Shedding blood to protest Liquor shop auctions
Letter to Governor
Letter to Excise Commissioner
The Ball now is in People's Court: Dr. JP
Novel protests against Liquor shop auctions
Panachayats banning liquor to Get Rs.1 lakh award
Demonstrations and sit-ins at Excise Department Golden age or era of stupor?
Women win battle against liquor shop
Lok Satta makes history by Effecting citizen arrest
Bottles broken in battle against belt shops
Lok satta volunteers to arrest belt shop owners
DR. J.P. condemns moves to promote liquor sales
Mahila Satta to rope in SHGs: Anti-Liquor Drive
Mahila Satta identifies belt shops and seeks their closure
Prakasam Women force belt shop's closure
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(Hyderabad, 02/07/2007)

Prakasam Women force belt shop's closure


Gutsy women of Netivaripalem village in Kondapi mandal of Prakasam district have won their battle against liquor by getting four unlicensed liquor outlets in the village closed.
The four belt shops in the village, with a population of 3000, had been selling liquor worth Rs.16000 every day, amounting to more than Rs.55 lakh a year.
Giving this information, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, Lok Satta Party's National Coordinator, who visited the village on July 30, says in a statement that at least 600 people (20 per cent of the population) were addicted to liquor. The per capita annual expenditure of the addicts on liquor amounted to more than Rs.9000.
Members of the 60 women self-help groups in the village, under the leadership of Ms. Sujatha, Ramanamma and Nagamani, took up the successful campaign. Following the closure of shops, liquor vendors have turned itinerant, resorting to sales when self-help group leaders are away from the village. Now the Lok Satta Party's women wing 'Mahila Satta' has also joined the fight in the area.
Mahila Satta, which had questioned the Chief Minister's claim that there were no belt shops in the State, is now engaged in identifying unauthorized liquor outlets all over the State. Faxing the names of villages and of people running the unauthorized shops, Mahila Satta members in identical letters to the Chief Minister request him to shut them down straightway and fulfill his promise in the Assembly.
According to the Lok Satta, 50 lakh families in Andhra Pradesh are on the verge of ruin because of their breadwinners' addiction to liquor. Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan points out that in Anepudi village in Maripeda mandal of Warangal district, 120 people - all below 40 years - died of drinking in the last one year.

Mrs. D. Lakshmi, Mahila Satta Convener, says that there is no village in Prakasam district which does not have a belt shop. Each belt shop's daily turnover ranged from Rs.1000 to Rs.6000. Phone booths, pan and cool drink shops and grocery stores have all metamorphosed into belt shops. She has released to the media a long list of villages with belt shops and the names of people operating them. This is only the first installment since Mahila Satta activists have touched only some villages in eight mandals in Prakasam district, adds Mrs. Lakshmi.

The Mahila Satta plans to take up an intensive campaign against liquor from August 15. If the Government does not respond by closing down belt shops, it will resort to direct action from October 5.

The Lok Satta Party demands closure of licensed liquor outlets along highways and unlicensed outlets in villages and towns, ban on public drinking in open places, and the launch of an awareness campaign on the drink evil.