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Naga Hoho calls for debate on NTLP Act

DIMAPUR, JUL 29 (NPN)
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Published on 30 Jul. 2014 1:09 AM IST
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Naga Hoho has welcomed the discussions at the recently concluded 5th session of the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly wherein members resolved to hold a special session of the assembly, after consultations with public on the Nagaland Total Liquor Prohibition (NTLP)Act 1989.
A statement issued by communication cell, said Naga Hoho would like to participate and share opinions with sections of people regarding the NTLP Act and the miserable failure on its implementation.
The cell reminded that the NTLP Act 1989 was published in the Nagaland Gazette Extraordinary on April 24,1990 with the following as objective: “ To totally prohibit possession, sale, consumption and manufacture of liquor in and of import and export therefore in the state of Nagaland”.
It said Chapter-II of the Act prohibits any person to (1)transport,import or possess liquor(2) sell or buy liquor(3)consume liquor(4)manufacture liquor and (5)use or keep any material, utensil, implement or apparatus whatsoever for manufacture of liquor.
 Naga Hoho acknowledged that Nagaland was a Christian dominated state with churches have huge influence over the people including state policies but also aware that there is failure to implement sections of Act by the state’s agencies or even with assistance from NGOs and churches.
Therefore, the hoho reiterated on the need for debate on the merits of the Act for people of Nagaland be it scholars, churches, tribal hohos, government employees and to refer to the above sections in order to do a reality check on its implementation. It said the word “act’ itself would not be active unless stakeholders promote and accept it.
Naga Hoho said it anticipates that certain sub-sections could be changed for the benefit of people and to ensure that modalities be in tune with what was practical and what could be managed by the state’s agencies rather than passing the Act in the assembly and leaving it to various NGOs to ensure that the Act was “absolutely implemented”.
In this regard, the hoho urged upon the state government to ensure that changes are not only made so sections as contained in Chapter-II of the Act but also subsequent chapters in order to refurbish the Act for the benefit of the people.
However, Naga Hoho said it strongly felt that the NTLP Act has “become a farce” and therefore, the government should solemnly affirm on whether to uphold or review the Act.
The Hoho also appealed to all stakeholders of the state to participate by giving suggestions and opinions on the issue as responsible individuals, unions, NGOs etc in order to make the Act “realistic, applicable and beneficial for the state of Nagaland”.

 
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