2009-09-07 10:27:02 UTC
By SAR NEWS
KOCHI, Kerala (SARNEWS) -- The Kerala Catholic Bishops have urged the
communists-led state government to close down all liquor shops on the
highways and busy roads, in accordance with a directive issued in this
regard by the Central government.
In a statement September 5, the Kerala Catholic Bishops? Council, the
premier representative body of a sizeable Catholic Christian community
in Kerala, stated that studies conducted by state government agencies
had found that drunken driving was the main reason for the increased
rate of accidents in the state.
Instead of organising effective anti-liquor campaigns, the Left
Democratic Front government, with the single motive of increasing tax
revenue through sale of liquor, was causing great harm to society by
sanctioning to more such shops, the bishops said.
?This must stop immediately,? demanded the statement issued by KCBC
president Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil and other office-bearers.
Taxes from liquor sales have swelled the state coffers by rupees 193
crore this fiscal alone (from Rs. 1,163 crore in the last financial
year to Rs 1,356 crore).
According to the figures provided by the state planning board, a
whopping 27,972 road accidents were recorded in 2008 in which 2,868
lost their lives and as many as 32,934 people were injured or maimed.