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NBCC renews stand for prohibition act
Published on 9 Jul. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has said prohibition act enacted in June 1989 when Dr S.C.Jamir was chief minister had been initiated by it way back since 1875 and later intensified in 1962 after which the church, women and youth spearheaded the prohibition movement 1974 resulting in declaration of Mon as dry district in 1988 and Mokokchung in January 1989.
Highlighting its stand on prevailing debate on Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act 1989 (NLTP) Thursday , the NBCC response in the form of a lengthy write up, reaffirmed its resolve to oppose any move to lift or regulate prohibition in Nagaland.
NBCC liquor prohibition committee member Rev. L. Kari Longchar , the Prohibition Act suffered “partial” failure due to lack of political will on the part of the state government and sincerity and cooperation on the part of implementing agencies.
The NBCC claimed that both excise department and police sources shared the view that with Prohibition in force, crime rates and road accidents have decreased while general law and order improved, more peace and tranquility prevailed at night, regular fights in families or in the streets reduced and women felt safer.
Stating that it expected the state government to strengthen its position by amending “loopholes” in the Act, and not yield to subtle pressures, the NBCC warned that any move to lift the Prohibition would be confronted with “undoubted people’s protest”.
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