Public initiative to wipe out hooch trade

Anti-liquor campaign

Students perform a play as part of a social awareness and Janasamparka meeting on Saturday at the composite pre-university college at Darinayakanapalya, Gauribidanur. DH photo

He was speaking at a Social awareness and Janasamparka meeting at the Composite Pre-university College of Darinayakanapalya, Gauribidanur taluk, on Saturday.

“The Government has banned illegal production and sale of hooch and toddy. It is also trying hard to control production and sale of illegal liquor,” said Nanjappa and added that support from the public will help build a liquor-free society.

Hooch and toddy have created a lot of problems- socially, financially and even on a personal level for the consumer. “If cases of illegal liquor being produced or sold are discovered, inform the police immediately. This will help the police take action against the guilty,” he said.

If proven guilty in this regard in court, a person could also be subject to 10 years of rigourous imprisonment, warned Nanjappa. If proven to be an accomplice, the ration card, electricity supply and other government provisions of the guilty will be withdrawn.

“Also, if person learns of, but fails to inform the police about production and sale of hooch and toddy, he will be issued notice under the Excise Act,” he added.

People who wish to give up such illegal professions and start life anew will be helped by the Ambedkar Development Board, Women and Child Welfare Department, Minority Welfare Department and other departments, said Nanjappa.

Gram Panchayat leader Ashwath Narayan Reddy spoke on the ill-effects of consuming toddy and hooch. College principal C Prabhavathi said the students of the college should spread awareness among residents of the village regarding the ill-effects.

Vanamahotsava was also observed on Saturday. About 50 saplings were planted in and around the college premises.

An essay-writing competition and a drama competition on the ill-effects of consumption of liquor were organised. Winners of the competitions were rewarded.

High school headmaster Lakshminarasappa, Gram Panchayat development officer P Mohan, Panchayat president Subbalakshmamma, Manchenahalli sub-inspector Sundar and others were present.

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