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Three border villages in Pathankot say no to liquor

Fed up of daily scenes of drunkards creating ruckus, three border villages in Pathankot have decided not to allow setting up of liquor vends in the area, around 35 kilometres from the district headquarters.

punjab Updated: Mar 06, 2017 11:51 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Vinay Dhingra
Hindustan Times
Pathankot,border villages,no liquor
Khoj Ki Chakk, Muthi and Bhavani village panchayats submitted resolution to excise department, want allotment of liquor vends in coming fiscal to be blocked.(HT Representative Image)

Fed up of daily scenes of drunkards creating ruckus, three border villages in Pathankot have decided not to allow setting up of liquor vends in the area, around 35 kilometres from the district headquarters.

The panchayats of Khoj Ki Chakk, Muthi and Bhavani villages, situated on theIndia-Pakistan International Border, have submitted a resolutionto the excise department to block allotment of liquor vends in their villages in the coming fiscal.The department earned a revenue of around ₹1 crore through allotment of liquor vends in the area in 2016 -17.

Women and elderly residents of these neighbouring villages areworried about increasing alcohol addiction among the youth, especially school-going children.

“Villagers, especially women, have been facing problems as youngsters under the influence of liquor createruckus. This has driven us to seek a ban on liquorin our villages,” says Ramesh Kumar, sarpanch of Khoj Ki Chak village.

Even schoolchildren are turning habitual drinkers, and a ban on liquor vends in our villages will help them get rid of this bad habit, said the sarpanch.

Ramesh Kumar said following the Supreme Court guidelines, the villages were asked tosubmit their suggestions on allotment of liquor vends,“which gave us the right to reject the opening of outlets in our villages”.

Pathankot excise and taxation officer (ETO) Lovjinder Singh said the resolution submitted by the villages had been sent to the Punjab excise commissioner. He said further action depended on the decision of the higher authorities.

First Published: Mar 05, 2017 23:14 IST