Bandapalem enforces total prohibition

Bandapalem enforces total prohibition
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It is an ideal village in Nalgonda district where total prohibition has been in force for the past six decades. Sale of liquor and country brew is strictly banned in Bandapalem village of Tammara panchayat in Kodad mandal. Setting up of arrack outlets is not allowed even on the village outskirts.

Kodad: It is an ideal village in Nalgonda district where total prohibition has been in force for the past six decades. Sale of liquor and country brew is strictly banned in Bandapalem village of Tammara panchayat in Kodad mandal. Setting up of arrack outlets is not allowed even on the village outskirts.

  • Dry law in existence for last six decades S A fine of 10,000 for violators of rule

Liquor or country brew is not available in the village even on festive occasions and other celebrations. People visiting their relatives’ houses in Bandapalem are not exempted from the dry law enforced by the village elders long ago. If any outsider cannot resist his urge, he needs to go to the neighbouring village to consume liquor.

According to a legend, a drunken brawl between two groups of villagers at a country brew outlet led to a major dispute disrupting peace and tranquility in the village 60 years ago. After the unsavoury incident, the village elders held a panchayat and unanimously resolved to enforce total prohibition in Bandapalem.

A fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on violators of the dry law. When a person who migrated to Bandapalem, once tried to sell the country brew, he was asked to leave the village if he failed to abide by the dry law. The voluntary imposition of total prohibition has ensured prosperity of the village inhabited by small and marginal farmers and agricultural labourers.

Speaking to The Hans India, village elder Vennaboyina Surayya said ``There is no domestic violence in Bandapalem. Quarrels between wife and husband are unheard in the village. The dry law helps promote harmony among villagers.’’

A youngster Rama Rao said: ``Bandapalem serves as a model for other villages in Telangana. The enforcement of prohibition helps prevent the small farmers and agricultural labourers from ruining their family life by getting addicted to the drinking vice. All villages need to be made dry to promote rural growth.’’

By V Purnachandra Rao

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