GUWAHATI, May 25 � Expressing concern over the failure of the State Government to enforce the law concerning liquor shops, the Madak Drabya Nibarani Mancha has demanded upon the State Government to make public its stand on control of liquor and other forms of intoxicants.
The Mancha which held its first annual session today said that there had been blatant violation of the law which stipulates that liquor shops of neighbouring States should not be present within a distance of two kilometres from the state boundary. Similarly, it added, liquor shops are not allowed within 200 meters of national highways but that norm is being blatantly violated in Assam.
The Mancha demanded that the State Government make public how many illicit country liquor dens it had destroyed till date. It also voiced its vehement opposition to the proposal for making available in the markets 90-ml plastic pouches of liquor, as it would worsen the problem involving drunkards. It further opposed the ongoing practice in the city bars to host shows of dancing girls till midnight.
The Mancha also elected former Additional Chief Secretary Chandrakanta Das as adviser along with the existing advisers and appointed Baneswar Khound as working president besides appointing the working executive.