‘Withdraw new wine policy’

Special Correspondent

Government urged to provide better facilities to grape growers

GULBARGA: The Akhila Bharata Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane, along with the Raitha Krishi Karmika Sanghatane and the All India Democratic Youth Organisation, on Thursday demanded that the State Government withdraw the new wine policy as it would undo the benefits achieved after the ban on sale of arrack in the State. Members of the three organisations, led by K. Nagammal, Sharanagowda Gugal and V.G. Desai, took out a procession here against the new wine policy and staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

They said that the policy had many pitfalls and would not really help grape growers as was being projected by the Government.

They said that problems faced by grape growers in the State was different from what was being projected by the Government. The growers required reliable market for their produce, cold storage units, transportation facilities and subsidies on fertilizers and pesticides, among others, they said.

Instead of addressing these problems, the Government was trying to divert the attention of people by announcing the new wine policy, they said. Ms. Nagammal said that several studies had shown that economic condition of the poor had improved after the ban imposed on the sale of arrack, and this would be reversed if the wine policy was not withdrawn.

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