Ramanathapuram has become an alcohol and tobacco-free zone ,for more thn six months.
- India Vahini News / A S DSilva
Updated : 9-1-2020
The women and youngster groups of the village prompted the panchayat to take the decision to give up the sale and consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other addictives. The shop owners selling cigarettes and beedis were only happy about the decision of the panchayat.
From the time of taking the resolution, the members of the village have been meticulously following it and the youngsters are also monitoring and ensuring there are no illegal activities in Kadaladi. Even the few people who followed the routine of having liquor every day are hailing the decision, as they say, that they are seeing a positive difference in their lives.
How the village implements this
Ramesh, a 32-year-old resident of Kadaladi and a member of the youth committee that monitors the activities in the village, said “The women and youngsters formed a group a yearly meet to bring about a change in the village. This year, we thought that bringing a resolution to end the consumption and sale of alcohol, liquor and other addictives will be ideal and is the need of the hour.”
“Following this, we made a request to the village panchayat leaders and a consolidated resolution was taken to end the use of all the addictives. The villagers promised that they would not have liquor or addictives hereafter,” he said.
But it is one thing to verbally agree not to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes and another thing to put it into action. And so, the youngsters put in place certain strict measures.
The panchayat has fixed a fine of Rs 5,000 for selling the banned products in the village. They also monitor the villagers and ensure that no one brings liquor or such substances into the village using CCTV cameras.
“We will monitor the villagers using more than 15 CCTV cameras in the village. No one has brought liquor into the village till now. The villagers have taken this as a promise,” Ramesh said.
The women and the families are benefitting more by the decision, he said. “The men do not go out of the village to purchase liquor since the town is 10 kilometres away from here. So alcohol abuse by men has reduced and the families are able to save money,” said Ramesh.