The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday urged the territorial administration to take action to avoid selling of liquor in morning hours.

In a memorandum submitted to Chief Secretary, Chatten B. Sanghi, BJP’s territorial president M. Visweswaran said that it was common to see liquor shops selling arrack, toddy and IMFL varieties at 6.30 am itself.

A sizeable number of people had been visiting liquor shops at morning hours. It had spoiled the career of hundreds of people including youngsters. It was not good for building a healthy society, he added. Hence, the Chief Secretary should intervene in the matter and stop selling liquor in the morning hours.

Highlighting the setting up of arrack and toddy shops on temple lands, the BJP said the move had affected the religious sentiment of Hindus. Temple lands should not be allowed for generating revenue by way of selling arrack.

Mr. Visweswaram added that the BJP had also urged the Chief Secretary to enact suitable laws to prevent exorbitant collection of fees by private schools in Puducherry. Some of them had been collecting more than a lakh for admission to primary classes. Thousands of parents from poor and middle class were finding it extremely difficult to pay the extraordinary fees, he said.

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