Look Who Wants to Preach About Kicking the Bottle

Published: 26th September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Believe it or not, a group of employees of the State’s liquor selling arm is not averse to losing their jobs. The TN TASMAC Paniyalargal Sangam, affiliated to the AITUC, wants to stage a demonstraton on the Gandhi Jayanti day seeking closure of the liquor outlets in the state.

What’s more, they want to create an awareness on the health hazards of the products they sell to booze lovers on a daily basis.

According to D Dhanasekaran, State secretary of the Sangam, the group want to hold a meeting to “create awareness in the minds of the public regarding the ill-effects of drinking and bringing in prohibition in a phased manner.”

The curious demand of the TASMAC employees came to light when the Sangam moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the City Police Commissioner to grant permission to stage a fast and public meeting near the Chepauk Guest House.

Dhanasekaran had submitted an application seeking permission to the Police Commissioner, who orally told him that the permission would be granted in the evening of October 1.

“In the event of refusal of permission at the last minute, the same would cause undue hardship and mental agony to the organiser. The participants are to come from different parts of  TN,” the petitioner pointed out. Justice V Ramasubramanian directed the CoP on Thursday to grant permission before September 29 to hold the fast and the meeting on October 2.

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