Utkal Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (UGSN), a leading Gandhian organisation, today urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to announce prohibition across State on the occasion of Biju birth centenary Celebration.
UGSN President Prahallad Sinha in an open letter to the Chief Minister said, his organisation has been eagerly waiting for an announcement in this regard during the year-long birth centenary celebration year.
“But it is peeved as no steps have been taken so far,” Mr.Sinha said in his letter. He said, in the 1990s the then Chief Minister Biju Patnaik had realised the menace of proliferation of liquor vends and manufacturing units across the State.
The legandary leader had also banned country liquor and Mahuli to curb the menace, Mr.Sinha added.
He also urged the Chief Minister to take steps to revive industries in State as there has been a downslide in such ventures.
“Biju Babu was instrumental in setting up of the Orissa Textile Mill at Chowdwar in 1946 and a host of panchayat industries in the 1990s. But unfortunately, barring four or five units, all such panchayat industries have become defunct,” Mr.Sinha wrote emotionally.
He also drew the attention of the Chief Minister to the slogan of Biju Babu – work for villages and respect to women and expressed concern that atrocity against women was on the rise and conviction rate of criminals involved in atrocity against women was only 10 per cent in State.
He hoped the Chief Minister will announce ‘Model Villages’ in State during the Biju Patnaik birth anniversary on March 5.