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Published on 13 Jul. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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Spurred by the recent attempt of the DAN government to hold a wide discussion on Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act, 1989 with the objective of either relaxing it partially or lifting the Act totally the NBCC Monday said it has framed guidelines that would in effect act as counter and literally throw the ball in the governments court.
NBCC claimed that they have already set in process to strengthen the current prohibition Act through out the state by involving all local churches affiliated under NBCC.
The NBCC also said the guidelines which have been laid down will to work towards the successful implementation of the NLTP Act 1989 and to safeguard the lives of the citizens from the clutches of the “evil forces of alcoholism.”
The NBCC has divided the guidelines for the Church members into seven different parts/areas where they would involve and establish a working relationship and solicit support from various sections of the society in implementing the NLTP Act.
The seven areas included: District/sub-division, associations, town/village, care for the alcoholics and wine seller, protection of innocent young people, training & workshop and networking.
Under these guidelines, the Executive Secretary (ES) along with his co-workers have been entrusted to meet the administrative head DC/ADC/SDO from time to time to encourage and support the civil authority for the welfare of the people and progress of the state.
(Full text on p 4)
It was stated that as per the provision of the NLTP Act, the ES was a permanent member of the District Prohibition Committee and in this capacity the ES should play a key role in the implementation of the NLTP law.
Other guidelines for the church members included providing all possible co-operations and support the excise and police in effective implementation of the Act, as national workers to issue strict orders to not involve their cadres in drinking, identify wine sellers and send Church people to them for counseling etc. Every local Church under the leadership of Pastor has been entrusted to conduct training to deal with the complex issue of substance-abuse from Christian perspectives. The guideline also said that a strong network and coordination among the Churches, district administration, excise, police, civil bodies, NGOs and voluntary organizations should be established and maintained to combat all substance-abuses successfully. (Full text on p 4)

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