'Gram Sabhas to check illicit liquor'

'Gram Sabhas to check illicit liquor'

Excise Dept appointed 443 through KPSC, still needs 500 men

 Addressing a press meet at Dibburahalli in the taluk on Thursday, the minister said officials of the Department will visit the selected villages and create awareness on perils of liquor and hooch, through pamphlets and public meetings. Elected representatives and members of women self help groups will be motivated to take part in the drive.

The proposed Gram Sabhas will be on the lines of the ones being organised by Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Renukacharya said.

He said Gram Sabhas will help in detecting brewing of illicit liquor and hooch. The minister claimed that the government has achieved 90 pc success in containing seconds liquor in the State.

Public support sought

He sought cooperation from public to check the menace of illicit liquor in the State.
Steps have been taken to modernise Excise Department. As many as 443 people have been recruited through Karnataka Public Service Commission to fill the vacancies and 500 more still persons are required. The recruitment process will be set into motion once the Chief Minister gives his nod, the minister said.

Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha, Superintendent of Police T D Pawar, Excise Commissioner Jayaram and others were present.

‘Arrest culprits soon’

District In-charge Minister Mumtaz Ali Khan instructed the police officers to arrest those supplied spurious liquor to Dibburahalli Gram Panchayat where many were killed.

Convening a meeting of the police officers, the minister wanted the officers to conduct an immediate probe into the source and the details of the same to be submitted to him.
“Police cannot arrest the candidates of Gram Panchayat elections unless they have proof in this regard,” he said.

He called upon the officers to hold a monthly meeting to check atrocities on dalits in the district.  Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha, District Superintendent of Police D T Pawar, Deputy Superintendent of Police Govindaiah and others were present.