Punjab villagers fight against menace of liquor, govt keeps

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Old 10-Mar-2010
Punjab villagers fight against menace of liquor, govt keeps

SANGRUR: ‘Papa ji na piyo sharab, menu le deo ik kitab’ like many quotations & war against alcoholism by NGOs makes a significance change in thinking of villagers while the SAD-BJP government led by Parkash Singh Badal is all about to increase the quota of alcohal next year.
In order to completely discourage alcohol consumption in their villages, the panchayats of 22 villages of Sangrur district have already passed a resolution under section 40 of the Punjab Panchayti Raj Act, urging the excise and taxation authorities not to allow liquor shop be opened in their villages from the next fiscal.
Adding one more in this No.village eilwal Kherhi situated in between the sangrur Patiala has passed resolution that it would not allow the opening of liquor shop in their village after, Social activist Chander Mohan & Jatinder Jain members of a Sunam Distt. Sangrur based social organization ‘Sankalp’ educate about the power under Punjab Panchayti Raj Act.
Jatinder Jain President of NGO Sankalp who has been working on social issues, including implementations of Right to Information Act said, ‘as per section 40 of Punjab Panchayti Raj Act, a gram panchayat by a resolution, supported by at least two thirds of panchs passed, could direct that liquor may not be sold at any licensed shop with in the Gram Sabha area.’
Jain further added that as per the Act, such a resolution, passed by a panchayat, would be binding upon the excise and taxation commissioner, Punjab. The Section further mentions that if within two years, preceding the date of the passing of such resolution, illicit distillation or smuggling of alcohol has been carried in particular village, the resolution would be binding upon the Excise and Taxation Commissioner of the state.
Speaking to the media sarpanch of village eilwal Kherhi Ranjit Singh said they did not want the youth to spoil their life by getting addicted to alcohol, we decided to put forward the resolution that disallows the opening of liquor shops in villages.

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