Highlights

  • Anna Hazare criticised sale of wine at Maharashtra supermarkets
  • Hazare asked govt to ensure fair price for farm produce instead
  • Maharashtra govt has said the decision would boost farm income

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Activist Anna Hazare, in an open letter, criticized Maharashtra government's decision to sell wine in supermarkets and grocery stores 

Social activist Anna Hazare is reportedly dissatisfied by Maharashtra government's recent move to allow sale of wine in supermarkets and grocery stores across the state with some exceptions.

In an open letter, the activist has expressed his displeasure against the government's move saying, 'This decision is unfortunate and if you want to look after the interests of the farmers, give guaranteed prices for their agricultural commodities.'

'On one hand, the state government is saying that this decision was taken in the interest of the farmers. It has also said that wine is not alcohol. Where will such a decision take the state?' He wrote.

He went onto write that it's the duty of government to work towards de-addiction, but he is saddened to see that it is taking decisions, for financial benefits, that would result in liquor addiction.

The letter also stated that for the interest of the farmers, State and Central government should guarantee what the poor, ordinary farmers grow in their fields. But, it is conveniently ignored and thus open sale of wine is being allowed.

'What exactly will the government, which aims to sell 1000 billion liters of wine a year, achieve?' Hazare questioned in the letter.

Last week, Maharashtra government decided to permit sale of wine at supermarkets and walk-in shops. According to the government, the decision was taken to give a boost to fruit-based wineries which provide additional income to farmers.

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