Social Justice Minister Shivaji Moghe yesterday said it was necessary to spread awareness on the ill effects of alcohol rather than going for an all-out liquor ban in the state.
Addressing the media in the city, Moghe said the state government had earned Rs 6,000 crore in revenue from the sale of alcohol last year.
“Selling alcohol is banned in Gadchiroli and Wardha districts, but illegal alcohol sale continues in these districts,” he said. “Therefore, the ministry believes that to spread awareness among the people about the bad effects of alcohol will be more effective in making people kick the alcoholic habit.”
The minister said that this year the state government had decided to give Rs 20 crore to the various de-addiction centres in the state.
“Our plan will be to organise all the de-addiction centres and we will give an award to those who have been doing excellent work in this field,” Moghe said.
He also announced that a statewide Vyasanmukti Sahitya Sammelan (De-addiction Literary Meet) would also be held on October 2.
Moghe said the state government would soon facilitate the provision of online caste validity certificates to check bogus caste certificates. “Beneficiaries will be assisted by the provision of the list of documents to be submitted for the certificate,” he said, adding that the site will be launched in August.
On the issue of scholarships for students, the minister said the education department would directly deposit the money under the scholarship schemes in the students’ bank accounts. He said the move would prove beneficial for students, who often do not get scholarship funds in time.