Hi - this is Srinivasan Sampathkumar from Triplicane. I have a passion for Marine Insurance, Cricket and of course Temples especially Thiruvallikkeni.
From Sept 2009, I am posting my thoughts in this blog ; From July 2010, my postings on Temples & Tamil are on my other blog titled "Kairavini Karayinile " (www.tamil.sampspeak.in)
Request you to keep providing your feedback which will help me improve and present better.
பாரதியின் செந்தமிழ் நாடெனும் போதினிலே பாடலைத்
தெரியாதவர்கள் இருக்கமுடியாது. தமிழ்நாட்டின்
சிறப்புக்களைப் புகழ்ந்து போற்றி பாரதி பாடிய பாடல் அது. இன்னமும் பாரதியின் அந்தப் பாடல் வரிகளைச் சொல்லிச்சொல்லித்தான்
நாம் நெஞ்சை நிமிர்த்திக்கொள்கிறோம்.
: When you utter the name of ‘sweet
Tamil Nadu’- it is music to ears and you feel honey flowing; when you speak
of the country of your forefathers, you
get great amount of power to succeed in your breathe’. This beautiful State of Ours - Tamil Nadu
covers an area of 130,058 square kilometres
and is the eleventh largest state in India. With the Independence
of the Nation, Madras Presidency became MadrasState.
The state was subsequently split up along linguistic lines. In 1969, MadrasState
was renamed Tamil Nadu, meaning Tamil country.
There are lot of good things to boast about – the State has many
Industries, especially textile automobile, telecom and ITES sectors – there is
one Unit which has been earning crores whose revenue has been steadily on the
increase; from 2828 crores in 2002-03 to 14965 crores in 2010-11 !!!!! - and that has a Capital structure of Rs.15
crore as its authorized capital and equal amount of paid up capital with the entire
contribution made by the State Govt. No
prizes for guessing that right !! - and
it in the State which had a long history of prohibition, first implemented in
1937 by Indian National Congress Govt of C Rajagopalachari.
It is the ‘Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation’ more
popularly known as - (TASMAC), a company owned by the Government of Tamil
Nadu, having monopoly over wholesale and
retail vending of alcohol in Tamil Nadu.
It controls the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) trade in the state
TASMAC was established in 1983 by the government of M. G.
Ramachandran (MGR) for wholesale vending of alcohol in Tamil Nadu. After 1983,
TASMAC was in charge of wholesale liquor sales in the state whenever
prohibition was lifted. In 2001, prohibition was lifted again and TASMAC became
the wholesale monopoly for alcohol. For retail vending, the state auctioned off
licenses for running liquor shops and bars. But this led to the formation of
cartels and loss of revenue to the state. The government tried to counter this
by introducing a lot system from the financial year 2001-02, where potential
bidders bid for shops grouped by revenue. But the lot system could not prevent
cartelisation, as bidders later withdrew in favour of others. In October 2003,
the government passed an amendment to the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act, 1937,
making TASMAC the sole retail vendor of alcohol in the state. Presently,TASMAC
procures IMFS and Beer stocks locally from six IMFS manufacturers and three
Beer manufacturers in the State.
Today most papers have a newsitem that 5 Star hotels in Chennai and Tiruchi can serve liquor 24
hours. This will be applicable to similar hotels in Coimbatore
provided they pay double the amount of privilege fee. Other hotels are allowed to do business for
an additional hour. Under the revised
system, this category of hotels can serve liquor from 11 a.m. to midnight,
instead of 11 p.m. An order to this
effect was issued by the Home, Prohibition and Excise Department on June 26.
In view of the presence of international civil airports in
Chennai and Tiruchi, the hours of business of five-star hotels for the purpose
of serving liquor have been made round the clock straightaway. As there are no
international airports in Coimbatore and Madurai, five-hotels
there have been treated differently. The
government move is in response to representations from the hospitality sector
to extend the duration. An official
clarified that the government has made this move not to generate revenue but to
ensure availability of quality liquor for international travellers who reach
the cities in the late hours of the day.
However, the decision will not cover bars of the Tamil Nadu State
Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), another official said.
So those privileged citizens of the Country and those tourists
travelling to Tamil Nadu now have the facility of availability of liquor around