Madurai

Vasan advocates curbs on sale of liquor in State

If total prohibition was not possible immediately, the State government should clamp restrictions on sale of liquor in deference to the wishes of people, said G. K. Vasan, president of Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC), on Monday.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Vasan said that the agitation for total prohibition was not only spearheaded by political parties, but also by the people. The absence of reference to prohibition policy in the Chief Minister’s Independence Day address had come as a disappointment for the people.

As a step towards total prohibition, the government could first close down all bars attached to Tasmac shops; halve their working hours and insist on age proof while vending liquor. Licence should be cancelled for drunk driving, he added.

He refuted the claim of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that Tamil Nadu had now become a power-surplus State by saying that people were not ready to accept it.

Caste violence

While expressing concern over the caste violence in Villupuram district, he wanted the government to take immediate steps to prevent similar flare-ups elsewhere in the State. It should not allow the planting of Juliflora (Seemai Karuvelam) and encourage people to root out the species that caused irreparable damage to groundwater table.

Mr. Vasan criticised the Union government for dithering on the one-rank-one-pension issue and appealed to it to concede the just demands of ex-servicemen, who had played a major role in protecting the country’s frontiers.

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