Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: The Lok Satta district unit welcomed the decision of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy closing all the belt shops in the State and said it vindicated the Lok Satta’s contention.

Addressing a press conference here, Lok Satta district president P. Kodandarama Rao said, the free flow of liquor and ID liquor destroyed thousands of families in rural areas. Due to rampant liquor menace, women were widowed at an early age and scores of children orphaned in agency areas in the district. The Lok Satta party had been fighting against the unlicensed liquor shops operating in the villages while putting up pressure on officials to eradicate ID liquor in hamlets and villages across the district.

Mr. Rao lamented that the successive governments saw liquor as a means of mopping revenue and couldn’t care less with the end. “The government is adopting double standards promoting liquor sale on the one hand while talking about public health and Arogyasri on the other,” he reasoned.

The Lok Satta leader appealed to the sarpanches and other public representatives of Congress, TDP and other parties to ensure closure of all belt shops in their respective localities. He thanked Chief Minister for taking such an important decision.