Signature campaign against illicit sale of liquor in Okhalkanda
Close on the heels of social activist Shweta Masiwal filed a petition in the high court against the rampant drug abuse in the state a few days ago, many social activists have carried out a signature campaign against increasing alcoholism in Okhalkanda block of Nainital districtUpdated: Jul 22, 2018 22:05 IST
Close on the heels of social activist Shweta Masiwal filed a petition in the high court against the rampant drug abuse in the state a few days ago, many social activists have carried out a signature campaign against increasing alcoholism in Okhalkanda block of Nainital district.
There are 95 gram sabhas in Okhalkanda, which is the biggest block in the state.
In a door-to-door campaign, the activists, led by Hemant Gauniya, have collected 1,200 signatures against the sale of liquor in the Okahlkanda block. “Liquor of all kinds including the Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and country-made liquor, is being sold in the area from licensed outlets as well as through bootlegging,” states a complaint put on Samadhan portal of chief minister Trivendra singh Rawat by the social activists on Saturday.
They have sought action against the illicit sale of liquor in the area.
Digambar Singh Mehra, a resident of Adhoda village in the block, said that the illicit liquor is ferried from Haldwani town. “A can of beer bought at Rs 90 in the plains is sold for Rs 200 in the hills. Similarly, country liquor, which cost Rs 200 a bottle, is sold for Rs 600,” Mehra said, adding that most of the shops in the area including general stores sell the liquor illegally, while there is only one licenced liquor shop at Bhateliya and a country liquor shop in Khunchi in the entre Okhalkanda block.
Gauniya said that the hill areas are in the grip of alcoholism. Smuggling of liquor from other states such as Haryana and Punjab is adding to the problem, he said, adding that Adhauda, Adhuwadhunga, Adhjad and Padampur are the worst affected. The social activists have also demanded setting up of police posts at Patlot and Meedar to put a curb on the smuggling of liquor.
Commenting on the issue, Nainital district magistrate Vinod Kumar Suman said the district administration has launched crackdown against the illicit liquor sellers on several occasions and would continue to do so in the future.