THOOTHUKUDI: Spirited men, spirited thoughts. That would sum up the collective objective of the members of the ‘Madhu Arundhuvor Nala Padhugappu Sangam’ (Liquor Consumers Welfare Protection Association) that has been floated with Thoothukudi as its headquarters recently.
While the likes of Gandhian Sasi Perumal are literally falling at the feet of liquor addicts pleading with them to kick the bottle, Paul Raj, the president of boozer’s group is only keen on launching a campaign to protect the rights of the liquor consumers. “We want the fleecing of customers to end at the liquor outlets run by the State-owned Tamil Nadu Marketing Corporation (TASMAC). Ordinary people are being charged at least `10 extra per bottle of liquor,” he rued.
Paul is demanding that the government introduce computerised billing facility at all wine shops to end this fleecing.
“We floated this group only unable to withstand the fleecing by the TASMAC store keepers,” he claimed.
Another botheration for him and fellow office-bearers is that the government has not kept up its promise of opening exclusive beer outlets. “The government should unveil these outlets immediately so that we can get quality beer. Right now all the good beer brands are being supplied to private bars,” he alleged.
What’s more? Paul is angry with the men in khaki for not treating boozers gently. “The policemen are rude to us. I don’t understand why the police wait outside the TASMAC shops to catch those emerging from the bars,” he said.
Claiming that his wife and sons did not approve of his boozer’s association, he claimed that around 200 persons have enrolled as members of the group.
A photographer, Santhanam, the secretary of the association, said his family too was not happy over his new role. When pressed further, he pleaded not to highlight his role in the association much as “it will affect my family life.”