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
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.