Staff Reporter

They will be rehabilitated

DHARMAPURI: Seven hooch traders in the Mahendramangalam Police Station limits in the district decided to stop the trade. They gave it in writing to the Superintendent of Police R. Sudhakar at the District Police Office in Dharmapuri on Thursday.

T. Subramani, District Treasurer, DMK, took the initiative to bring them to the District Police Office for this purpose.

They will be given training in a trade or profession of their choice and would be rehabilitated, said P. Saravanan, Additional Superintendent of Police.

He said hooch brewing and trading in the district will be completely eradicated with the help of village leaders, revenue officials and NGOs. An integrated approach involving government officers , Mahalir Thittam, banks, SHGs and other agencies will be undertaken in the days to come.

About 80 hooch traders in Sornampatti village, near Karimangalam, stopped the trade recently. A meeting would be organised to rehabilitate them.

As per the instructions of the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) K. Radhkrishnan, hooch trade should be eradicated at lease two villages in a district, he said.

In this regard a certificate should be obtained from the concerned revenue officials, Mr. Saravanan added.