Vijayapura: Expressing displeasure over the reports of the Government contemplating to lower the age limit of alcohol consumption from 21 to 18, Karnataka State Child Rights Protection Commission Chairman, K. Nagannagowda has not only opposed any such move but also announced that he would convey the message to the Government.
Addressing media persons after chairing the review meeting on Thursday January 19, he said that he is averse to such an idea of lowering the age which will create more social issues in the State.
“I have no idea whether the Government has taken any final decision on it or not. I do not know what has prompted the Government to take such a decision, but in any case, the decision, if implemented, will have an adverse impact on the society,” he said.
Nagannagowda said that often the Government gets driven by the monetary aspects of the alcohol consumption thinking that it will add more revenue to the exchequer. But in the process, the Government fails to understand the negative aspects the decision would cause for the society, he rued.
“Due to lowering the age limit, you are creating more alcoholics who could be involved in domestic violence, do some illegal act in an inebriated State and in the long run, they damage their health also. One decision could add to more social issues in the State. Therefore the Government should not lower the age limit, instead if possible increase the age limit so that less people drink alcohol,” he said.
Referring to the increasing cases of mobile phone addiction among the children which he believes has become a major mental health concern of children, Nagannagowda said that the Commission is planning to have some solution with the help of child psychologists.
He said that the Commission would consult the child psychologists working in NIMHANS to find a solution which can help the child get rid of mobile addiction and parents can feel relieved.
“It is actually a complex matter today to get the children rid of mobile addiction. We need to find some solution before it is too late. We have already heard news about children taking extreme steps when they the mobiles are forcibly taken away with mobile phones,” he said.