By: Avik Kumar Chakraborty
Taking a step towards making Dibrugarh district free of illicit liquor and wipe out the menace of alcoholism, a workshop on rehabilitation of country liquor brewers was held on April 27, 2017 at the District training hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Dibrugarh. The workshop is an initiative that has been taken up by the district administration for country liquor brewers to rehabilitate and provide them alternative livelihood options. More than 120 families engaged in brewing country liquor identified from different areas of the district were present in the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to create awareness about the ill effects of illicit liquor and educating the families about alternative employment opportunities, various government schemes, including loans, to help them set up their own businesses.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri said, ‘Illicit alcohol is adversely impacting the health of women and children of the district and also have been doing great harm to the society. So we have to make all understand that they have to get away from the drinking habit to live a long and healthy life”. She also urged the families engaged in brewing country liquor to switch over to fruitful and productive vocations for the sake of the community. In the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner also directed the excise officials to open a help desk in order to aid the country liquor brewers in getting bank loans and necessary training for other means of livelihood. A written undertaking has also been submitted by all the country liquor brewers that they will stop producing illicit liquor in future.
Besides Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri, the meeting was also attended by Superintendent of Excise Ajay Kumar Bayan, Lead District Manager MC Kachari , General Manager, DICC, Rajen Lagashu, Asstt Director, Handloom & Textile, Ranjit Deka, DDM, Nabard, Lipi Deori and representatives from Brahmaputra Community Radio Station, AIR and Doordarshan.