Workers engaged in manufacturing illicit liquor to be rehabilitated

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Jarkiholi says they will be given alternative employment, housing

Satish L. Jarkiholi, Excise Minister and Belgaum district in-charge, addressing a press conference in Belgaum on Tuesday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATil
Satish L. Jarkiholi, Excise Minister and Belgaum district in-charge, addressing a press conference in Belgaum on Tuesday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATil

Satish L. Jarkiholi, Excise Minister and district in-charge, on Tuesday announced that a programme would be formulated to rehabilitate workers engaged in manufacturing illicit liquor.

He said 80 villages across the State had been identified as places where illicit liquor was being illegally manufactured. The majority of these villages were in north Karnataka districts, including Bagalkot, Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad and Haveri.

Proper rehabilitation of the workers would help the government curb the menace of illicit liquor on one hand and bring workers’ families into the mainstream. The government would provide them alternative employment, permanent housing and extend other welfare measures to them.

He said that he would introduce new schemes to boost revenue growth and would introduce application of modern technology. Honest and sincere officials and staff would be identified and their services would be recognised. This would go a long way in inspiring others to work with honesty and sincerity, he said.

“Give me some time; you will soon see the difference,” Mr. Jarkiholi said.

Training centre

He announced that a training centre would be established for excise personnel in Bangalore. Land was available with the government.

That apart, Mr. Jarkiholi said he would request Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to make budgetary provision to construct buildings in all district headquarters and other major centres to house the department’s offices as right now, all the offices were housed in rented buildings.

On the persistent demand to shift some of the major department offices to Suvarna Soudha, Mr. Jarkiholi said he could not take such a decision on his own. He said he would take it up with the government at the earliest.

‘Still backward’

Mr. Jarkiholi said that Belgaum was still backward compared with the adjoining cities of Hubli-Dharwad.

He said that he would make it a priority to boost infrastructure and added that that he would solve the drinking water problem in the district.He said that the issue of drinking water shortage in rural areas was discussed with the Chief Minister on Monday and steps had been taken to provide relief at the earliest.

He denied that he was planning to contest from Belgaum Lok Sabha constituency in the elections next year, even as his brother Ramesh L. Jarkiholi, Gokak MLA, who is also in the Congress, has hinted at staking his claim for the party ticket.

  • ‘Services of honest officials, staff will be recognised’

  • I will make it a priority to boost infrastructure’




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