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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(Hyderabad, 08/06/2008)

Novel protests against Liquor shop auctions


Beginning tomorrow, the Lok Satta Party is launching a weeklong agitation against liquor shop auctions all over the State. Instead of calling for a 'rasta roko' or a 'bandh', which inconveniences the general public, the Lok Satta Party is embracing novel forms of protest against the Government excise policy.

Party activists will offer roses to those buying and submitting tender forms at collectorates, sport placards with anti-liquor slogans and help police regulate traffic and offer 'satyagraha'.

Disclosing this in a statement, party Organizational Affairs Secretary Bandaru Ramamohana Rao said that the Congress Government claim to have fulfilled all its election-eve promises was hollow. It had reneged on its promise of restricting liquor consumption in stages. It merely continued the previous Telugu Desam Party Government policy of regarding liquor as a source of revenue.

Mr. Ramamohana Rao pointed out that allotment of liquor licenses to the highest bidders would result in further proliferation of belt shops in villages. A bidder who shells a huge amount to acquire the license will try to promote his sales by opening more and more unauthorized outlets in rural areas. Such "belt shops" have already ruined the lives of 70 lakh families in the State, he said.

The Government, Mr. Ramamohana Rao charged, planned to raise Rs.2000 crore by way of license fees and another Rs.12,000 crore by way of excise and sales tax. Going by its policy, the Government would not seem to rest until Andhra Pradesh is turned into a 'madyandhrapradesh'.