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Govt's rejection of resolution to shut down liquor vends questioned

Social organisations in the district questioned the rejection of resolutions to close down liquor vends in villages, by the state government.

punjab Updated: Aug 17, 2014 20:22 IST
HT Correspondent
Sangrur

Social organisations in the district questioned the rejection of resolutions to close down liquor vends in villages, by the state government.

Talking to media persons, Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare (SASW) president Dr AS Mann said that organisations like the SASW, Red Cross De-Addiction Centre in Sangrur, Samaj Bhalai Manch, Birdh Ashram in Badrukhan were getting an overwhelming response as several village panchayats agreed to pass a resolution to close liquor vends in the their respective villages by September 30.

Last year, 128 village panchayats of the state, including 79 from Sangrur district, had passed the resolution to close liquor vends. A total of 24 vends were closed including 12 of Sangrur district, he said.

Slamming the government for not taking the panchayats' resolutions seriously, Mann said that the government had rejected 104 resolutions to close government-operated vends citing illegal distillation in those villages.

Mann said, "We have decided to move the Punjab and Haryana high court about illegal distillation in villages. If the entire village panchayat was ready to close the outlets, why did the government reject the resolutions just because a single person was caught with more than 10 liquor bottles?"

Mann, who is also the district convener of the Aam Aadmi Party, said that several social welfare organisations were approaching the village panchayats to pass resolutions against liquor vends