The state government should honour the sentiments of panchayats, which have passed resolutions against opening of liquor vends in their respective villages. This was stated by director of Kheti Virasat Mission Umender Dutt in his lecture on drug de-addiction and organic farming at Badrukhan village in Sangrur district.
The lecture was jointly organised by Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum, drug de-addiction centre, Sangrur, and other organisations.
As many as 140 panchayats from Sangrur and Barnala districts have written to the excise department not to open liquor vends in their villages. 31 such panchayats were honoured on Sunday.
"Besides honouring the panchayats, government should also give additional development funds to such villages to motivate them," Dutt said.
He said government should also amend section 40 of the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act to make it obligatory for the authorities to accept people's will on prohibition of liquor.
Meanwhile, Dutt also gave a call to adopt organic farming to undo the ecological imbalance.
"Not only human beings, but animals have been largely affected with excessive use of pesticides and insecticides, which now have entered the human food chain resulting in diseases like cancer, premature births, stillborns, infertility and miscarriages in humans and animals," he said.
Meanwhile, secretary of International Democratic Party Karnail Singh Jakhepal and convener of Aam Aadmi Party AS Mann gave a call to the people to elect literate and honest candidates in coming panchayat elections.