Tuesday, 10 February, 2009

Sensitization is better than prohibition: Excise Minister

Excise Minister, P.K. Gurudasan (fourth from left) and officers of his department watching the final rounds of rehearsals for the street play to be staged as part of statewide 'Stop SAD' programme conceived by Gopinath Muthukad. Karivellur Murali, the script writer for the play is on extreme left.

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister of Excise in Kerala, P.K. Gurudasan has said that his department would choose the option of sensitizing the public than prohibiting alcoholic drinks. “Prohibition has been a failure many times in the past thereby proving it impracticable’, the Minister told media persons here today. Prohibition could only result spread of spurious liquor, he reminded. He was addressing a news conference, announcing ‘Stop SAD’ a new project by Gopinath Muthukad to be staged on a moving magic theatre all over Kerala.

The programme under the auspices of the Excise Department would start from tomorrow onwards. In a situation of grave economic recession, people should not waste their heard earned money for procuring alcohol, drugs and tobacco, the Minister said. People of Kerala had been suffering from severe sets backs with agriculture and industry. So the new endeavour was his Ministry's earnest attempt to guide the society to a healthier tomorrow. On roping in the service of Mr. Muthukad, the minister said that he [Mr. Muthukad] had been in the fore with an exceptional physical as well as mental set up devoted for the cause of social service.

‘Stop SAD’ would be a combination show of magic and street play. At 12 noon tomorrow, the Chief Minister, V.S. Achuthanandan will be inaugurating the statewide trip of moving magic theatre, at a function to be held at the Institution of Engineers’ Hall here.

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