Lok Satta

Wednesday, 04 February 2009 09:37

Liquor Control Movement

Article Index
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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Letter to Excise Commissioner

June 13, 2008
The Excise Commissioner
Government of Andhra Pradesh

Dear Sir:

We are distressed to note that the Andhra Pradesh Government is going ahead with the auction of liquor shops, ignoring the year-long movement by women against the growing liquor consumption all over the State.

We would like to bring to your attention once again that nearly 7 million families have already been ruined by liquor, illicit arrack and gudumba consumption in Andhra Pradesh. Liquor consumption has been growing by leaps and bounds because of the proliferation of belt shops in every nook and corner of the State.

A bidder who bids for a shop paying a huge amount, will naturally try to promote sales by opening as many unauthorized outlets as possible. With liquor being easily accessible, more and more people have been falling victims of liquor consumption.

The Lok Satta demands that the following steps be taken to ensure that liquor does not play havoc with people's lives:

Restrict the number of licensed liquor shops to not more than 1000 in the entire State

Close down all liquor sops on highways, close to schools and places of worship, and wherever the local population, especially women, oppose the establishment or continuance of the shops.

Prohibit drinking in public and close liquor outlets alog all highways

Ban unauthorized liquor outlets, illicit distillation and gudumba manufacture and entrust elected local bodies with its enforcement

Undertake a campaign to dissuade people from drinking and open de-addiction centers.

Thanking you