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No Liquor served in govt. functions: M. C Konyak
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jul. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Minister for Excise, Forest and Environment M C Konyak Thursday said that no liquor was served in any government functions as the state was a dry state.
There is no relaxation to serve liquor in public places under the prohibition act, the minister said while replying to supplementary questions to a starred question raised by opposition leader Tokheho.
Under the prohibition Act, sale of liquor is banned but any person who drinks do so as individual and the department cannot stop them. For some, drink is a food item or medicine, he said.
Reacting sharply, opposition member Kheto said that if drink is a food item then prohibition should be lifted.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio intervened and said that there are different opinions which had been aired on the issue of prohibition but the state government stands to remain a dry state.
Government can ban sale but cannot stop people from drinking. He however said that whether one drinks or not, if one disturbed the harmony of the society they are booked under proper section of the law.
He also reiterated that the state is officially a dry state and that serving liquor in public places and function does not arise.
Earlier, Excise minister M C Konyak in his written reply stated that 1979 cases of liquor has been seized during 2008-09 and 1033 cases during 2009-10 while 203 and 513 people have been arrested during the same period respectively for illegal sale or carrying liquor from one destination to another destination.

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