Maha plans to rope Bachchan, Aamir to wean youth from alcohol
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 20:29
  
Mumbai: Maharashtra government proposes to make it illegal for those below 25 years of age to drink or purchase alcohol and plans to rope in Bollywood megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan to wean the young generation away from liquor.

"We are looking for role models like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan who can influence young generation and prevent them from consuming liquor," Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe said here today.

Though there is no formal communication between the government and the two stars, the Social Justice Department would approach them soon, Moghe told reporters.

The Department has also come up with a proposal of making it illegal for those below 25 years of age to drink or purchase alcohol, he said. At present, the legal drinking age in the state is 21, the minister said.

"No final decision has been taken on the proposal and the idea is to curb liquor consumption at an early age," Moghe said.

The proposal needs consent from the Education and Prohibition Department before sending it for final approval to the cabinet, the minister said.

The issue was mooted by social activist Anna Hazare during a meeting with the government. Hazare raised concern over the increase in number of youth consuming alcohol.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 20:29


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