Expressing concern over deaths due to consumption of spurious toddy, the CPI Telangana State Council has demanded that the State government extend ex gratia to the kin of those who died due to consumption of spurious toddy.
CPI Telangana State Council secretary Chada Venkat Reddy addressed a letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in this regard on Sunday. Chada stated that more than 100 people died due to spurious toddy, including suicides by 15 persons. He lamented that the families of spurious toddy victims fell on the road as orphans. He stated that the TRS government has moral responsibility to stop sale of spurious toddy and save lives of those addicted to spurious toddy. He asked the government to take immediate steps in this regard by taking special interest to curb the spurious toddy flow in the State by setting up a special wing.
The CPI leader demanded that the government set up de-addiction centers in every mandal and make the Excise department to continue its drive against spurious toddy flow. He also demanded that the State government act tough with the spurious toddy makers even if they are tall political leaders under Prevention Detention Act. “Arrest them immediately and keep them in jail”, Chada suggested to the government and demanded it to keep an eye on sales of chemicals used in making spurious toddy.
Reminding the CPI’s demand that the government allot five acre land to Geetha Societies near towns and cities where pure toddy was not available, Chada demanded that the government initiate stringent action to stop spurious toddy supply immediately to protect the lives of poor people. He also appealed to the government to provide good medical treatment to those who were suffering from mental disorder due to spurious toddy. (NSS)