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Kalam starts Attapadi anti-liquor campaign

Press Trust of India, PTI  Attapadi (Kerala), November 17, 2002
First Published: 20:00 IST(17/11/2002) | Last Updated: 20:00 IST(17/11/2002)
President A P J Abdul Kalam on Sunday presented the "Attapadi Declaration" against use of liquor and drugs to make the entire hill area a liquor-free zone.

"Let us take a pledge today to abolish use of liquor and Ganja cultivation that is rampant in this most-backward tribal belt", he said administering an oath to a large gathering of tribals here.

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Taking cue from the tirade launched recently by tribal women representing 80 hamlets in the Attapadi hill area in Palakkad District, Kalam said arrack or Ganja could do no good either to one's self or one's family.

"I congratulate tribal women for launching the anti-liquor campaign in the area and want everyone to support their cause. Let me rename this Chundapatti Campaign as Attapadi Declaration and let the campaign be more vigorous from today", he said.


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