Bhubaneswar: Hundreds of women of Kargil Basti participated in a protest march at Kargil slum in Bhubaneswar demanding total prohibition of selling of alcohol in Basti as well as in the State. The campaign was organized by Centre For Advocacy and Research(CFAR), a non-government organization actively working for the development of people living in slum areas. Rosalin Pattnaik, the project coordinator of CFAR welcoming all the participants and guests of the programme shared the objective of the campaign and said “today’s campaign is the part of our educational campaign and is being organized under “Samavesi Seher Project 2” supported by Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) and this campaign aims to mobilise the community people on the bad effects of alcohols so that they can raise voice against it. “When we are trying hard to aware the community people of their rights and entitlements, we found that some mischievous people are trying to openly sell alcohols illegally in the Basti badly affecting the live and livelihood of the poor slum dwellers.” She further said.
The programme was started in the Kargil Basti with a public meeting where many women community leaders expressed their serious anxieties over illegal selling of alcohols in the Kargil Basti under the nose of the administration creating unwanted fear and threats amongst the women in the Sahi. The public meeting was followed by 3 km foot march by the women holding placards and giving slogans against unchecked open selling of alcohol in the slum areas of Bhubaneswar. The important slogans uttered during the protest march are “Nisa Hatao, Desh Banchao, “Mada Khaiba Jiye Ghar Bhangiba Siye”, “ Kana Kholi Aaji Sun Sarkar, Nisa Aamar Nahi Darkar” etc. On the occasion, the green caps on the heads of all the participants of protest march made the protest unique show.
Joining the public meeting and protest march, Aparana Nayak of Odisha Milita Nisa Nibaran Abhiyan said, “while many state governments including Bihar have totally banned selling of alcohol in their states, it is unfortunate that there is no impact of this positive step in Odisha.” She further urged all political parties of the State to include total prohibition of alcohol in the State in their election manifestos to be prepared ahead of the State and general election. Hrudayabalabha Samantaray the local corporator of Ward No-62 marched along with women and gave solidarity to the demand of total prohibition of the alcohol by the State Government. He further congratulated all the women and CFAR for lunching such educational campaign and urged them to keep vigilant eyes over such illegal movement in the Basti. He said “the woman power can only deal with such immoral practices in our society.
Besides, Rabinarayan Das(President) and Ananda Parida Secretary of Kargil Basti took active part in the protest march and addressed the public. It is to be noted that during the protest, some mischievous alcohols sellers found in the Basti and fled away. The women leaders warned them for stringent action if they found them further selling alcohols in the Kargil Basti. The women of the Basti collectively took oath not to allow alcohol in their homes and in the basti and also urged the Govt. of Odisha to ban alcohol in the State. They have also submitted a memorandum to the BMC Chairman and local police station demanding total prohibition of selling of alcohol in the area.