Government should bring an alcohol control bill to Parliament not later than 2019

Dear Editor,

 

It is indeed very heartening to read pronouncements and statements by two senior government Ministers George Norton and Khemraj Ramjattan of the need for an Alcohol Control Bill to deal with the negative and horrendous consequences of alcohol abuse in our dear land of Guyana.

Following the recent assent by President Granger of the Tobacco Control Bill there can be absolutely no doubt that the government must proceed to craft legislation to curb in a draconian manner the distribution and consumption of  alcohol in this country.

I give my wholehearted support to the most welcome and long overdue pronouncements of the above-mentioned Ministers and I hope that persons /organizations across the entire spectrum of life will support this much needed initiative to enact an alcohol control bill in the shortest possible time. I hereby challenge the government to do all that is necessary to bring a bill to Parliament no later than 2019.

The Hindu organization with which I am associated, the Gandhi Youth Organization/Mahatma Gandhi Organiza-tion (registered in 1953) has long recognized the deleterious effects of alcohol  to the extent that one of the organization’s aims and objectives  is “To campaign against the excessive consumption of  alcohol in the Community” which we have witnessed in this country over the decades.

I would like to make a call particularly to my Hindu brothers and sisters individually and through their respective Mandhirs  to do all that is in their power to keep the pressure on our legislators to bring  a proposed alcohol control bill to early fruition.

Would Minister Ramjattan please use his good offices to continue to enforce our laws and ensure all bars and nightclubs close at 2 am as is on our law books governing the regulation of these entities.

 

Yours faithfully,

Chris Persaud

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