Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lok Satta Turns To Human Rights Commission To Halt Liquor Shop Auctions

The Lok Satta Party today sought the State Human Rights Commission’s intervention in halting liquor shop auctions scheduled to begin in the first week of June.

Lok Satta leaders Katari Srinivasa Rao and V. Laxman Balaji, Mahila Satta leaders N. Sarojadevi and S. V. Gajanani and Yuva Satta leaders Dasari Ratnam and P. Sivaji made a representation to this effect to Justice Subhashan Reddy, Chairman, Human Rights Commission.

The leaders pointed out that dealers who obtained liquor shop licenses by paying astronomical amounts as bid money, sought to maximize their sales and revenue by opening unauthorized outlets. Although the Lok Satta Party repeatedly drew the Government’s attention to the havoc caused to people’s health and incomes because of growing liquor consumption, the Government chose not to act. In contrast, the Election Commission acted on the party’s plea and got the belt shops shut in just two weeks.

Quoting a NIMHANS survey for WHO, the party recalled that while the Government would earn a revenue of Rs.15000 crore on liquor sales during the Excise Year, the people would lose Rs.16900 crore by way of health care costs.

The State Government has also ignored the Union Health Ministry advice that the State Health Department be entrusted with the responsibility formulating a comprehensive liquor policy keeping people’s health in mind. The Excise Department, on the contrary, did not bother about people’s health since its interest lay in maximizing liquor revenue.

1 comment:

  1. All this id definitely good for the constituency. No doubt about it. But his well wishers can put up this most important point to him. The approach road from Cyber Towers to JNTU becomes a pain during peak hours, especially near the MMTS underground bridge which falls under Kukatpally zone if i'm not wrong. 4-wheelers got to use an alternate route to cross this underground bridge near Hitech MMTS and he doesn't know the condition of this road unless he uses it once. It is pathetic and so much of pollution, petrol wasted, time wasted by the time we cross this stretch. We are ready to take that extra mile but it would be good if a road is put up there. THERE IS NO ROAD and its sick to cross this stretch.

    PLEASE Mr. MLA JP, can you do this for ur constituency.