Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Friday joined Karnataka Chief Minister and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot when he said that pub culture was against Indian ethos and National Alcohol Policy could help to curb it.
Addressing a conference in the national capital, Anbumani Ramadoss, said: "We definitely condemn the incident, where women were attacked, but the pub culture must stop. It is because of this that youth in the country have taken to drinking in a big way."
Ramadoss termed pub culture as a hindrance in country's progress and also referred to Indian culture being against such a new-age culture. "It is not our culture. If it goes this way I don''t think India will progress."
Ramadoss said pubs were responsible for many road accidents.
He said: "In India, 40 percent of road accidents are alcohol-related. Youngsters are not only putting their lives on danger but are also a threat for other on the road".
Ramadoss informed that in the last five to six years, there has been an increase of 60 percent among the youths who have taken to drinking.