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Social Justice Tamil Nadu Style : Via Liquor


Liquor consumption has become an alarming menace in Tamil Nadu, especially among the poor backward people. During the past year , following shocking facts have been revealed at numerous Liquor Prohibition Conferences :

(a) Tamil Nadu topped the States in the number of liquor consumers;

(b) A study has stated that within five years Tamil Nadu would become a state where there would not be any youngster who does not drink;

(c) The cases of women becoming widows at a young age and suicides by women on account of alcohol addiction of male members of families were increasing, especially among the poor;

(d) Women who spoke at the conferences narrated their tale of woe of their becoming widows at a young age because of their husbands meeting with fatal accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol;

(e) Crimes such as murders for gain and robberies had also increased in the State.

(f) A whopping nearly Rs.10,000 crores revenue was getting generated from sale of IMFL marketed by Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC); In 2007-08 the sale of IMFL had gone up to 306.24 lakh cases and beer to 196.36 lakh cases from 156.61 lakh cases and beer 86.35 cases in 2003-04, all distributed through the 6,699 government-run retail vending liquor outlets!!!

(g) Just for earning money, the government had opened the shops that had almost destroyed the health of people.

(h) Going by the deaths caused by liquor in Tamil Nadu, one  wonders whether the Tamil Nadu government is protecting its people.


Despite these facts, the TN government, led by Dravidian parties, is actively engaged in promoting liquor consumption among its citizens. See the news:

 

Consumption of liquor rises in Tamil Nadu
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3026736,prtpage-1.cms


It’s say cheers time for the TN government. Despite not selling many brands, the sale of Indian Made Foreign Spirit (IMFS), including wine, whisky and rum, by state run outlets has nearly doubled with the sale of beer up nearly 100% since the present government took over. Revenue from liquor has grown almost two-and-a-half times and is likely to reach new heights, even as much as Rs 10,000 crore, when the government starts selling original Scotch and French champagne soon. The prohibition and excise policy note tabled in the Assembly on Friday by chief minister M Karunanidhi reveals that the sale of IMFS was 156.61 lakh cases and beer 86.35 cases in 2003-04. In 2007-08, the sale of IMFS had gone up to 306.24 lakh cases and beer to 196.36 lakh cases, all distributed through the 6,699 government-run retail vending liquor outlets, TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) shops. TASMAC took over all retail sale of liquor in the state in 2003. Production of IMFS also nearly doubled from 14.04 crore bulk litres to 27.02 crore bulk litres. Production of beer, hold your breath, has nearly trebled, from 5.95 crore litres to 15.80 crore litres at the six manufacturing units that supply to TASMAC. Two more units are being set up. As the revenue from liquor has shot up from Rs 3,639 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 8,816 crore in 2007-08, successive governments, both the AIADMK and DMK have subtly but firmly ruled out checking the flow of liquor. The magical Rs 10,000 crore mark is not far off as revenue from liquor is going up by roughly Rs 1,400 crore annually

 

Meanwhile, the TN Government has now issued Tamil Nadu Winery Rules 2006, to enable setting up of wineries in the State. … A Government official said that this would significantly add to the revenue and also provide employment for many people!!!

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