News : Helpline for Booze Whistleblowers Set Up by Government
Gandhinagar, India, June 14, 2017 -- Pradipsinh Jadeja, the minister of state for home, reviewed action taken under the new, stringent prohibition law. Jadeja instructed police officials to strictly implement the new law.
He said that the government, under the leadership of chief minister Vijay Rupani, stood on four pillars: "transparency, decisiveness, progressiveness, and sensitiveness". He said there had been a steep decline in domestic violence, accidents, and suicide among women due to the changes made in the prohibition law.
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The state government has set up a State Monitoring Cell (SMC) to ensure effective implementation of rules, Jadeja said. He said it uses social media to muster public support. A toll-free number, 14405, and a WhatsApp account, 9978934444, have been set up for people to reach out to the SMC. The government will protect the identity of those who get in touch to report any breach of law. Jadeja said people can contact the SMC on its Facebook page, 'SMC Gujarat', or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
People involved in manufacturing of alcohol or its sale or consumption shall face strict action, which can include imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh. People involved in helping alcohol production shall face a prison sentence up to 10 years and can be fined up to Rs 1 lakh. Those involved in violence and molesting women after drinking shall face up to three years in prison. Even those who help culprits escape will face imprisonment up to seven years and can be fined up to Rs 1 lakh. Anyone trying to hamper investigations shall also face a jail term up to five years and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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