48 people in ahmedabd dead by consuming spurious liquor. What are the solutions?
Its called popularly as potli in gujarat, may be only in urban areas because its supplied in a polythene bag, it might contain around 500 ml of country liquor. Some are just plain and others come in flavour of variyali, mahuda and others.. its created in the same method as feny which is quiet popular in Goa, only the ingredients differ.
The problem comes when they mix certain industrial chemicals to speed up the process of fermentation and to increase the kick derived. Also if there is a defect in the brewing process it proves to be fatal.
Several times in gujarat this kind of death occurs and the commision setup for inquiry after such incidents have always recommended the lifting of prohibition. Will it solve the problem?well it can if its done in the right manner. Deaths by this country liquor is not a gujarat only phenomena it happens in other states too. But to some extent it could help, a few lives saved is a good thing.. The main thing here that plays role is the cost, IMFL liquor is abundantly available in gujarat at much lower rates than other states because these liquors are sourced from the states with lowest taxes, we used to have rajasthan liquor but after the rates in rajasthan increased it now comes from Chandigarh. On the other hand the potli cost around 10rs and for 20rs you are full tight. The garibs certainly cant afford to buy a 270 – 300rs full IMFL bottle, even if they can use that for 3 days they wont be interested to pay that lump some amount. Toddy is available only in villages, even that is costly. The states that have high taxation in liquor have most problems with illegal liquor. Kerla is a state which would go defunct in a day if not for the liquor taxes, it has the highest number of per capita drinkers.
Firstly the prohibition has to be removed, and the desi liquor should legalised and licenses and proper training should be given to these brewers. Even if these breweries are taxed at 100% still the end consumer can get their fix at current rates, because these brewers still pay a huge amount of hafta to policemen. And some of the breweries are even owned by police. The liquor trade in gujarat benefits mainly 4 people the bootlegger (do u know how the term bootlegger came, when there was prohibition in the US these people used to carry bottles in the gum boots, from there this word came) the politician, the police and the army people. yes the army people benefit a lot out of prohibition, a lot of bribe people are willing to pay to get transferred to gujarat, the whole quota of these army people goes out for sale. We earlier used to drink only army liquor, but now their rates has increased too much, but its good for occasional drinkers looking for quality material..
the only problem that we face because of prohibition is that beer is too costly, other than that no problem. Even people who would have drunk only beer now have to drink hard liquor, which is certainly bad for people’s health..
P.S. i m basically against any kind of prohibition, prohibition only benefits people with vested interest, The market is such a thing which can provide anything if someone is there willing to pay for it… especially if you are in india. I love India. Thats why i dont even have a passport, jeena yahan marna yahan…