MP backs demand for ‘No’ ANIIDCO liquor vend at Diglipur

Subhashgram Pradhan accuses AC of intimidation, enticement
Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
2 May 2017

The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray has strongly advocated for dropping the proposal for relocation of ANIIDCO Liquor Outlet at Diglipur in North Andaman. At a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Ray said that alcohol addiction has ruined several families in Diglipur and its adjoining areas. Closure of liquor vending units after the Apex Court ban along national and state highways came as a huge respite for scores of families in the region.
However, the proposal of ANIIDCO to relocate the earlier vending unit to another location which falls within the parameters prescribed by the Supreme Court of India has drawn huge criticism for the administration, said Mr Ray giving a presentation on how liquor vends operating in the North Andaman region has devastated many families besides causing other problems for the past many years.
Present at the press conference, the Pradhan, Subhashgram Panchayat, Diglipur, Smt Alpana Mondol, leveled scathing allegations of misbehavior, intimidation and lure against the Assistant Commissioner of Mayabunder currently holding the additional charge of Assistant Commissioner of Diglipur. After the district administration of the North and Middle Andaman region decided to relocate the ANIIDCO’s Liquor Outlet at Subhashgram, Ward no. 2, Diglipur, I along with the Mahila Morcha President, Diglipur, Smt Sriti Biswas, tried to meet the Assistant Commissioner of Diglipur (i/c), who is the regular Assistant Commissioner of Mayabunder recently to convey the opposition of the PRI members and villagers to the decision in the presence of the Revenue Inspector of Diglipur, she told scribes.
“Instead of paying heed to the genuine grievances of the villagers, the bureaucrat openly batted for the liquor trade. He told us that opening of liquor shops and business of liquor is imperative for the development of these islands and the tourism industry besides generating revenue for ANIIDCO. He even went on to state that opening of ANIIDCO liquor shop will benefit the islanders. He appeared desperate to convince us to support the unilateral decision of the administration,” said Smt Mondol.
“The Assistant Commissioner threatened that the administration will hold entire developmental projects of Subhashgram Panchayat if we don’t support the decision to open the ANIIDCO liquor at Diglipur. He tried to lure me and offered lucrative job to any member of my family at mainland citing his top connection in the civil services lobby,” Smt Mondol alleged adding that she along with the Member of Parliament, Zilla Parishad member of Kishori Nagar, Mr Naresh Mondal met the Lt. Governor and the Chief Secretary on Monday to demand immediate suspension of the officer.