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Andaman and Nicobar Islands, separated from the mainland India by vast stretches of seas on all its sides are a remote place where the population is devoid of entertainment and amusement facilities unlike their counterparts in mainland. The islanders are therefore left to indulge in various activities such as rash driving, playing mobile ringtones at the peak volume, chewing pan gutka sukka, spitting, littering, smoking, eve teasing, honking pressure/musical horns, visiting bars, playing cards, board games etc in their quest for entertainment. The effort to grant Bar license to 17 enterprising individuals vide Press Note No 7-392/LS/2009-10/6440 dated 04/11/2010 Photo courtesy : http://www.zazzle.com/save+water+drink+wine
published in the Daily Telegrams on the occasion of Diwali on 05/11/2010 and
repeated on Sunday, 07/11/2010 can be regarded as a welcome step in the direction of providing wholesome entertainment. I am perplexed, Bar license is granted to individuals whereas
wala, Tea-Samosa-Chowmin wala, Non-operational STD-ISD
lot of jobless youths, Associations, Cooperative Societies,
Telephone booth operators, petty shops etc so that there will
Mahila Mandals, Self Help Groups are running from pillar to
be liquor shops at every nook and corner. Crowding infront
posts to find opportunities to earn livelihood.
It is well
of individual Bar will become a thing of the past. Traffic,
understood fact that operating Bar is a profitable business.
Unemployment and other social problems such as eve-
So why not invite applications from Jobless youths,
teasing, nuisance etc will vanish because there will hardly be
Associations, Cooperative Societies, Mahila Mandals, Self
anybody left on the roads to raise cacophony or complain.
Help Groups and their likes for grant of Bar license. If such associations are given Bar license, the profit could be shared by the members of the society thereby the unemployment problem could be solved amicably.
But remember to publish the scheme in the largest circulated daily giving 15 days notice inviting objections, preferably on any Sundays or holidays so that almost everybody will miss the notice and the chances of anybody objecting is thwarted,
A scheme could be formulated; in the 1st phase permitting
the scheme can be implemented thereafter without hassle.
sale of liquor over the counter from PDS shops with essential
Its right time, the jobless youths, Associations, Cooperative
commodities so that while preparing budget for the family,
Societies, Mahila Mandals, Self Help Groups, management
liquor could be included. Some of the costly items such as
of ANIIDCO and their likes ought to come forward and join
toor dall etc could be replaced by yellow dall and the money
the revolution of profiteering. Let’s make the Islands the
saved could be used to purchase monthly quota of liquor.
most sought after destination in the lines of Goa, if not a
Further selling liquor through the existing network of PDS will
beehive of Bars and Liquor Shops. Let there be more shops
result in healthy competition - price will fall and service will
selling liquor than anything else so that the patrons need not
improve, which means even those with meager income will
travel long distance in search of one. After all water has
be able to purchase liquor, drink full quota and attain
become a scarce commodity. Let’s resolve to make liquor
nirvana. In the 2nd phase, the scheme could be extended to
available for everybody to drink and save water for the future
Panwala, Gutkawala, Lassiwala, Chana-Matar-Mumphali
generation (if there is any).
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