Chennai, Sep 21 (UNI) Tamil Nadu government's free colour television scheme has helped to reduce consumption of alchohol among the people, especially in rural areas, State Chief Secretary L K Tripathy claimed today.
Talking to newspersons here, he said ''a recent survey indicated that after the launch of colour television scheme, the male members in rural families preferred to stay at home in the evenings, enjoying the programmes, than consuming liquor''.
Asked if the sale of liquor has come down due to the scheme, Mr Tripathy said most of them were consuming illicit liquor and this had no direct impact on the sale of liquor in TASMAC shops.
''The scheme has also helped children to do better in studies watching several television programmes,'' Mr Tripathy said, adding the government had so far distributed about 17 lakh colour television sets to the people.
During phase II, the government proposed to distribute 30 lakh colour tv sets to the people. ''The people enjoy watching TV as the government has ensured electricity to all hamlets in the state,''he added.