Staff Correspondent

`The move to ban arrack is not based on study of ground realities'

DHARWAD: Members of Dharwad Zilla Arya Idigara Sangha and Sarayi Maratagara Karmika Sangha took out a protest march here on Thursday against the proposed move of the Karnataka Government to ban sale of arrack in the State.

The march began from Kalabhavan, passed through the city and reached the Deputy Commissioner's office, where a protest meeting was held.

They held placards and banners demanding alternate employment for those involved in the arrack trade before the Government went ahead with the proposed move.

Addressing protesters Chandrashekhara Dhavalagi, president of the sangha and Maruti Shindhe, president, Sarayi Maratagara Karmika Sangha (Union of workers selling arrack) Dharwad district and others alleged that the proposed move was not based on actual study of the ground realities.

They said the proposed move would throw over five lakh people on the streets and will affect the livelihood of over 10 lakh people. They urged the Government to provide alternative employment opportunities to those involved in the arrack trade and extend financial assistance to those who intended to take up self-employment.

The protesters later handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging the Chief Minister to go into the details of the issue before taking any step with regard to ban on arrack.