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Another village attempts to become alcohol-free

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Shrama Jeevigala Karmika Sangha will launch a sustained struggle seeking total ban on sale and consumption of liquor at Duttargoan village in Aland taluk of Kalaburagi district.

Founder-president of the sangha Chandrasekhar Hiremath told presspersons on Wednesday that a team of seers will launch a padayatra in Duttargoan on November 2 appealing to the people to give up consumption of liquor. They will also demand closure of 10 illegal outlets in and around the village.

Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt will inaugurate the padayatra. Aland taluk has taken lead in imposing total prohibition in some of the villages, including Nimbal, Mantigi, Theerth, Nirgudi and Nimbarga Tanda, and the committees formed in these villages impose penalty on those who violate the ban. All illegal liquor outlets in these villages have remained closed for more than a year.

Mr. Hiremath said that liquor was spoiling the lives of the people, particularly youth. although only a dozen liquor retail outlets and a few bar and restaurants were sanctioned for Aland taluk, there are more than 200 illegal outlets.

He said the decision to launch this movement in the taluk has already had its impact and 10 illegal outlets in Duttargoan have been closed. Total prohibition in all villages of the taluk would be imposed within three years, he said. Every village will have a committee with representatives from Stree Shakti groups, Dalit organisations, pro-Kannada organisations and village elders to enforce total prohibition

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