Meet The Woman Sarpanch Who Created Rajasthan’s First Alcohol-Free Village


In the Kachabali village, about 330 km away from Jaipur, a woman sarpanch created history by culminating majority votes in her favour for the anti-liquor campaign that she initiated this year in January. The polling was conducted by the excise department of the state on Tuesday and 94% of the voters said that they want a complete ban on the sale of alcohol in the village, per a report in The Indian Express.


The campaign was launched on Republic Day this year when women from the village raised the demand to ban alcohol during a meeting of the gram sabha.

“Alcoholism has been quite an issue in this region and women are the ones who suffer its ill-effects the most, so they had been campaigning for the prohibition for quite some time…there was a lot of excitement in the region about the vote…everyone from activists to school children wanted to be a part of the campaign. The media also covered the incident very well.” said Archana Singh, District collector.

Considering the poll result, all the alcohol shops will be closed by April 1. The report of the poll will be submitted to the collector, who will then forward it to the excise department for the shops to be shut completely.

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