The move to examine the possibility of imposing a blanket ban on the sale, possession and consumption of liquor within the limits of the temple city of Tirupati, came in for discussion at a meeting convened here on the occasion of International Women's Day by women's organisations including the AIDWA, Working Women's Organisation and so on.

Members of AIDWA and other feminist organisations while welcoming the move said what was wanted was not mere announcement but the implementation of Prohibition in letter and spirit.

The meeting with the MLCs -- V. Balasubramanyam and Y. Srinivasulu Reddy -- participating as the guests of honour also adopted a resolution demanding that the government take up the responsibility of running liquor outlets as was in vogue in some States with a lot of restraint on the number of outlets.

They said ban on liquor in any form within the city limits of Tirupati would, besides protecting its sanctity and the spiritual atmosphere, would also go a long way in tackling the liquor menace which played havoc with the lives of the poor and the working class, especially women.

AIDWA secretary Yashoda and Nursing chairperson Rukmini, Doctors -- Chadalavada Sucharitha and Krishna Prasanthi and Umamaheswari, professor, were among the other participants.

The Tirupati city unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party also described as “better late than never” the move initiated by the government towards declaring Tirupati as a ‘liquor-free zone'.