Muktipath resolves to make Etapalli Taluka liquor and tobacco- free.

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Govt. officers and Muktipath workers seen in the meeting.

Gadchiroli May 26 (District Correspondent) The Etapalli Taluka Muktipath coordination committee has decided to make the Etapalli taluka free of alcohol and tobacco.

The decision was taken in a meeting of coordination committee under ‘Muktipatha Alcohol and Tobacco- free District Development Programme’ was held at Tehsil office of Etapalli under the chairmanship of Mr. P. V. Chaudhary, Tehsildar of Etapalli recently.

Naib Tehsildar A. B. Bhandekar, Block Development Officer of Panchayat
Samiti Mukesh Mahor, Medical Officer Dr. Rakesh Nagose, PSI Savita Kale, NCD Counselor Sudhakar Srirame, Nagar Panchayat’s L.T. Durge, Muktipath taluka organizer Kishore Malewar, taluka promoter Ravindra Vairagade, A.Y. Meshram were prominently present in this meeting.

On this occasion, a detailed review of the sale of alcohol and tobacco in the taluka was taken. Forming a team to take action against illegal liquor and tobacco, stopping the sale of illegal liquor completely, making tobacco free by putting COTPA (Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products) Act boards in all government offices, promoting tobacco-free schools and awarding certificates of honour etc was also discussed in the meeting.

The other issues related to the subject like forming city organizations, planning to take action against big liquor sellers and tobacco sellers, village-to-village issues such as reducing the number of alcohol drinkers by conducting addiction treatment camps, raising public awareness through video vans, banning alcohol in the village by raising awareness about PESA Act, banning liquor, tobacco sellers by giving notices at village panchayat level and creating public awareness by wall painting were discussed.

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