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Published: 29th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2014 04:52 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Toasting for the workers who will turn jobless following the ban on bars, INTUC state president R Chandrasekharan has asked the anti-liquor leaders to clear their respective constituencies of alcohol to  free the state from the evils of drinking instead of forcing prohibition on society. 

“Let KPCC president V M Sudheeran take a decision and issue an order that none of his party members should consume alcohol. The community leaders should tell the same to their followers. Then this will end.

Everyone has a role in this process. One should set his home properly before setting out to reform society, he said here on Thursday.

In a sarcastic tone, the INTUC leader said the large number of tourists flowing to the state are not here for having ‘curd and chutney.’ Reiterating that the ban on bars will have a negative impact on the tourism sector, he said a pragmatic approach is needed in the liquor policy. No one from the labour side was consulted while formulating a policy which will affect thousands of workers, he said.  In a veiled attack on the KPCC president, Chandrasekharan said it is rather unfair if someone thinks himself as the only righteous person.

“It is not fair to claim a clean image for him only.  Chief Minister and  KPCC president did what they felt right. However, INTUC does not think that they were right in that,” he said.

He said though A K Antony had promised the rehabilitation of those who lost jobs following the arrack ban, it could not be implemented.

“Many had to commit suicide and it taught us that rehabilitation in these cases was not practical. The times have changed. Congress needs the support of workers and the downtrodden for a political space,” said Chandrasekharan.

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