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Haryana WCD minister favours ban on liquor sale

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Women and Child Development minister Kavita Jain today said that "as a woman" she feels that prohibition should be imposed in the state.

She however added that such a move would not work if there was no such ban existed in the neighbouring states.

"As a woman I would say prohibition should be imposed," the Women and Child Development Minister told reporters in Sonepat on the sidelines of a function.

its boundaries with states where there is no prohibition, she said.

Prohibition had been imposed in in 1996 by the Bansi Lal-led Haryana Vikas Party-coalition but it was lifted by the same regime in 1998.

Jain said that she felt that the attempt had failed as was availble in the neighbouring states.

"Earlier also probably one of the reasons of prohibition failing in Haryana was that was available in neighbouring states. There were instances when people brought (into the state) in buses and through other means," she said.

Jain said that those who are habitual drinkers, when they don't get liquor, turn violent in their homes and are ready to spend any amount to procure it.

"Then the situation turns more explosive," she said while going into the demerits of prohibition if people can procure liquor from neighbouring states.

She said the Supreme Court order banning liquor sale along highways was a very good thing.

"Drinking liquor is a social evil, any addiction is a habit," she said, adding "wants to save people of the country from bad habits and addiction".

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 18:42 IST