Women's wings of all political parties and some women's non-governmental organisations have come together in Visakhapatnam city to fight against the unchecked flow of liquor.
At a press conference here on Thursday, the women's organisations formed into a panel christened Anti-Alcoholism Committee, Visakhapatnam and announced a sustained agitation-programme beginning July 19 at Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Jalaripeta on Beach Road.
The Progressive Women's Organisation representative B. Padma said that a massive rally would be taken out in Jalaripeta taking note of all illegal activities at the wine shops and make note of the locations of all belt shops (illegal wine shops). The agitation would continue till July 26 and after gathering sufficient information on the 56 shops in the city, the committee would submit a representation to the Commissioner Excise and Prohibition on their duty to curb the illegal and loose sale of liquor at wine shops seeking their immediate intervention. “If the Excise Department does not take action, we will agitate in front of their offices and finally resort to direct action, which legally they should have taken against the law breakers,” said Shireen Rehman of Chaitanya Shravanthi. The BJP City President M. Narendra said many MLAs and Ministers had invested in the liquor shops and for purchasing licenses in the recent auctions. The amount realised from Visakhapatnam city alone rose by 92 per cent during auctions compared to previous exercise two years ago. The Committee members would go round 72 wards of GVMC to create awareness among people, said Jagadeeshwari of Stree Vimukti Sanghatana.