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Kachhabali Becomes 1st Liquor-free village in Rajasthan

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Kachabali village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, has become the first in state to vote in support of closing down the only liquor shop in the village.

  • This is the first time the provision of the Rajasthan Excise Act, 1975, that provides for the closure of a country liquor shop, was invoked.

Women Empowered Kachabali Village:

  • The polling was carried out by the excise department of the state and 94% of the voters demanded that they want a complete ban on the sale of alcohol in the village.Kachhabali Becomes 1st Liquor
  • Before the poll is held, at least 20% of the voters of the gram panchayat or municipal ward must seek a referendum on the issue, in a letter to the district collector.
  • The Gandhian experiment led by women in this remote Rajasthan village culminated in a vote that continued through the day. Of the 2,049 of a total of 2,886voters of Kachabali who cast their vote, 1,937 or 94 per cent voted in favour of the prohibition.
  • The clear verdict this time, the shop is probably to be closed by April 1.

Alcohol prohibition in India:

  • Gujarat,Nagaland and parts of Manipur as well as in the Union Territory  of  Lakshadweep where the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Keralahas been implementing prohibition in a phased manner since 2014. Bihar government has announced a complete ban on the country-made liquor in the state