Features Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 13, 2014 | 2.24 pm IST The Gujarat government is probably the one in India at least to officially recognise “drunkards”. Officials say it must have been a clerical error overlooked for nearly four decades, since the time prohibition first came into force.  According to a report in DNA, the Gujarat government’s prohibition law permits only people with medical dependency to drink alcohol. People with such dependence need to fill out a form, where they fill in columns titled “Darudiano Naam” (Drunkard’s name), father’s name etc. Recently, the government decided to change the titles in the columns as prominent many people had actually called the Home Secretary and told him how offensive it was.  DNA quotes S K Nanda: I got many calls from prominent personalities of the state, including businessmen, social workers, doctors and who’s who of our society. They always complained that such a word, which is a slang in Gujarati, must be removed. They felt ashamed to be termed drunkards. Of course, it seems like a joke, but many took it seriously.”

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