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ABAM, CBCC firm on Prohibition
Published on 10 Jul. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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State government’s proposal to review Prohibition Act in Nagaland Friday seemed to be in deep water with major branches of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) – Ao Baptist Church Association (ABAM) and Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) – coming out strongly against lifting total prohibition.
The women department of ABAM, in a statement released today, said it had on July 8 resolved to support the Nagaland Liquor Prohibition Act and continue to stand firmly for total implementation of the Act in Nagaland till the end.
Expressing concern over the “deliberate exclusion” of Church organizations in the consultative meeting to discuss Prohibition issue July 2 last, convened by state government with civil society, the ABAM women department board chairperson Yashila Jamir and secretary Temsula Lemtur said it has reaffirmed its position to adhere to Prohibition Act in Nagaland.
Recalling the day January 4, 1989, where over 2 000 women from all over Mokokchung district gathered for mass-fasting and prayer at DC’s office complex, Mokokchung town, demanding dry district, the ABAM member said the then DC Mokonchung V.N. Gaur, declared Mokokchung a ‘dry district’ on the same day.
“The declaration came after almost ten years of relentless meetings, consultations, seminars and rallies of Mokokchung people from all walks of life with women taking the initiatives,” they said.
Pointing out that Mon had already declared “dry district” in 1988, the signatories said if Mon district had initiated Prohibition movement in Nagaland, Mokokchung district became the “springboard” for state-wide mass participation and launching of Prohibition in Nagaland.
ABAM underlined that, at this juncture, the Church along with civil society and with the support from the government must continue to work vigorously to explore various ways to support people to live free from substance and alcohol dependency so that fullness of live was experienced.
Meanwhile, the fellowship of ordained ministers, under Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC), today claimed that liquor prohibition had “drastically” brought down rate of crime and accident, as testified by hospitals and police stations, with heightened academic acceleration and moral values. In a joint press release, the OMF chairman Rev. Khrotso Mero and secretary Rev. Thepupa Swüro said the prohibition Act, in spite of its struggles and difficulties, created a deep sense of legal awareness among the populace and constitutional fears.
They contended that current debate on withdrawal and lifting of the Act under the pretext of loss of revenue was not an acceptable reason to relax the prohibition, adding issue of earning revenue from relaxing the Act was nothing but an “alibi to satisfy individual interest”.
The Church leaders, meanwhile, urged implementing authority and government to uphold and implement the Prohibition Act with reinforcement by departments in charge.

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