Chennai, Dec 27 (BPNS)
The political arm of the powerful Vanniyar community, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has demanded the Tamil Nadu government shut down the wine shops.
PMK founder leader, Dr. S. Ramadoss, said that the shutting down of wine shops be a New Year Gift for the people of the state and said that alcohol addiction has disoriented the state.
The senior leader said that Tamil Nadu has the highest number of widows in the country. He also said that alcohol was the prime reason behind the state witnessing a large number of road accidents. Dr. Ramadoss also said that the number of suicides is also high in the state and this was also a fallout of alcohol consumption. The senior leader said that many people are suffering from mental disorders owing to the high level of consumption of alcohol.
The PMK leader quoted the statement of Union Minister of state, Koushal Kishore that giving one’s daughter to a labourer in marriage without drinking habits is much better than giving her in marriage to a high-level civil servant with drinking habits. He said that the minister had said that he was an MP and his wife an MLA and even then he could not prevent his son from becoming addicted to alcohol leading to his death at a young age and leaving behind his wife and 2-year-old child apart from his parents.
Dr. Ramadoss said that the government has a responsibility in preventing the ill effects of alcohol and said that alcohol consumption is the main reason for pulling the state backward.
The PMK leader said, “ To reduce the incidence of women becoming young widows and children becoming orphans, wine shops should be shut down in the state and this has to be a New Year gift to the people of the state.”
The PMK has been at the forefront of conducting anti-alcohol campaigns across the state of Tamil Nadu.