Kachhabali Becomes 1st Liquor-free village in Rajasthan

Kachhabali village in Bhim tehsil of Rajsamand district has become the 1st in the state to vote to close down its lone liquor shop. The referendum saw 67.11% of voters saying they wanted no alcohol sale in the village.

Polling was conducted by the excise department  Of the 2,886 voters in the 9 wards of the panchayat, 2,039 voted. While 1,937 voted in favour of the ban on liquor, only 33 voted to keep the local liquor shop open Sixty-nine votes were rejected. So in a way, around 95% of those who turned up to vote favoured the ban on liquor. Earlier, unmindful of the legal provisions, the villagers had organised a vote in the matter on February 29. That time, 49% of the voters had sought a ban on the sale of liquor. That vote was declared null and void since it did not follow the procedure laid down by law, and was conducted by the villagers themselves.

Extra info:
  • 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. Under this provision, 51% of all registered voters – not just those present and voting – should opt to close down the shop. 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.
  • Rajasthan governor – kalyan singh
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister – Vasundhara Raje

So lets do:

  • Who is the Governor of Rajasthan?|
  • _______ becomes 1st liquor-free village in Rajasthan.

Source – The Hindu


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