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திங்கள், மே 02, 2011

Women take out procession highlighting ills of alcohol abuse in Cuddalore


Spirited initiative:The rally being taken out in Cuddalore on Sunday.


CUDDALORE: 

      A large number of women participated in a “rally against alcoholism,” organised under the aegis of Exnora International, non-governmental organisations, R.C. Schools and consumer forums, here on Sunday.

          Participants carried placards decrying alcoholism and throwing light on its ill effects on health, mind and society. They also conveyed the message that the ‘Agni Sthree' (Woman Blaze), a creation of the Exnora International, was bringing about a silent revolution in which alcohol was abhorred and all citizens were made to lead useful life. Founder-president of the Exnora International M.B.Nirmal told The Hindu that it was a matter of concern that Tamil Nadu occupied the second place, next to Kerala, in alcohol consumption.

         For the past three years, his organisation had been relentlessly launching campaigns against alcoholism. It had almost institutionalised the efforts for reforming and rehabilitating addicts. “Women protection shield” too had been formed to render help to victims of alcoholism. There were also other wings such as “Family of Family” and “We for Ourselves” to rehabilitate alcoholics. The ‘Agni Sthree' had scholars, who teach yoga and meditation, to wean the addicts away from liquor.

           Mr Nirmal said that it would soon bring out a “Red Book” carrying the telephone numbers of the President, Superintendents of Police and elected representatives to alleviate the sufferings of the women in distress. Mr. Nirmal said that the Exnora International had adopted Cuddalore as a model district to utilise its indigenous expertise in tackling natural disasters, man-made disasters such as pollution and self-inflicted disaster such as addiction to beverages. It had put in place 25 methods of tsunami alerts. Global positioning system and tsunami alert system would also be installed on fishing boats, he said.

         Owing to unscientific storing practices, huge stocks of fishes got spoiled. To avoid such a situation, it had been proposed to provide a carrier boat equipped with a freezer for a set of every 10 fishing vessels so the catch could be duly preserved. As for dealing with pollution problem, the Exnora International had formed a “Pollution prevention round table” constituted by representatives of the industry and government, and, activists and experts to devise ways and means controlling pollution. Mr. Nirmal lauded the contributions made by Fr L.A.Arul Pushpam, Manager, R.C.Schools (Cuddalore and Villupuram districts), in creating awareness of social maladies and how to rectify them. L.S. Antonysamy of BLESS, an NGO, M. Nizamudeen of Consumer Federation-Tamil Nadu, participated.

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