To discourage alcohol consumption, panchayats of Dosanjh Khurd and Bharo Majara villages of Banga sub-division in Nawanshahr have passed a resolution against a liquor vend in Bharo Majara village, located on the Banga-Sahlo Road.
The resolution, calling for the shifting of the vend, has also been submitted to the excise department.
The residents of another village, Nagra, have also extended support to the resolution and plan to pass a separate resolution against the vend.
The vend in question is located in a residential area and is located very close to a Government Senior Secondary School, as well as a gurdwara.
"It is unfortunate that the excise and taxation department has allowed a liquor shop close to a gurdwara as well as a school, in a residential area," said Daljeet Singh, a resident of village Dosanjh Khurd. He claimed that it was the village's second complaint to the administration.
"Due to the affect of liquor, quarrels and disputes over petty matters are routine on the road. The panchayat is often forced to spend its time on such issues. Our children are also negatively impacted as they copy the drunkards."
"Drunk people create law and order problems regularly in the villages. It is a big nuisance, especially for women," said Sonia, a resident of Dosanjh Khurd.
"I am afraid to cross the main road due to the vend, as rowdy and drunk men are always present there. I use another road," said Keerti, a 10th class student at Government Senior Secondary School.
Paramjeet Kaur, resident of Bharo Majara, said that drunk men usually urinate in public. In embarrassment, it becomes difficult to even move from the main road.
Dosanjh village sarpanch Parwinder Kumar said that the liquor vend had been creating social problems and leading to problems in maintenance of law and order.
"Last week, we met additional deputy commissioner Amarjeet Pal to request him to shift the vend immediately from its present location. We are worried for our youth."
The panchayats of Dosanjh Khurd and Bharo Majara have also complained to the director general of school education and requested him to get the vend shifted, as it was very near to the school.
Bharo Majara sarpanch Gian Singh said, "We will welcome the shifting of the vend as it is luring our youth towards destruction."
Speaking with Hindustan Times, assistant excise and taxation officer Bhupinder Gupta said, "There is no benefit of passing resolutions against any liquor vend now, as allotment has been done."
However, he added that if people have a genuine grievance against a liquor vend, they could meet him at his office and he will try and solve their grievances.