NTUCT asks NBCC to convene meeting on prohibition

DIMAPUR, FEB 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/25/2020 12:31:57 PM IST

Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town (NTUCT) has demanded that Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) should convene a meeting involving all stakeholders and come out strongly with a resolution on Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act, 1989.

In a press release by its vice president Akum Imchen and joint secretary Akato Sema, the union demanded that the resolution should be on whether to give more teeth to the Act, or relax it altogether by calling for enactment of a law to be strictly followed by vendors so that spurious liquor that was very harmful for human consumption would be done away with, while ensuring better quality at cheaper price, least consumption and earn government revenue. 

Mentioning that it was 101 % certain that any acceptable resolution adopted from such a meeting would happily be acknowledged and approved by the State government, NTUCT however alleged that NBCC was least concerned today although NLPT Act was enacted at the behest of its exhaustive and intensive protest rallies and demands.

NTUCT also congratulated Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) for coming out strongly against the rampant sale of illegal liquor in every nook and corner of Dimapur town and for serving a seven-day deadline for the authority concerned to strongly implement the prohibition law.

Announcing its full support to DNSU for demanding strong implementation of NLTP Act, the union claimed that checking, frisking and raiding for illegal liquor was a regular affair within its jurisdiction. The end result was that many families indulging in this nefarious trade to support their families were either expelled or served last and final warning, it said, adding vehicles used for supplying such contraband were seized and heavy penalties imposed on both the drivers and owners. 

The union expressed its gratitude to all stakeholders for coming out strongly to extend manpower support and cooperation. “Our fight against this menace was very successful since we took everyone on board, including national workers,” it added. 

However, as its area of operation was confined only to a particular area, the organisation contended that the result could never last long as alcohol was available in plenty just outside its area of jurisdiction. Mentioning that real success would be possible only when public in general and NGOs come out strongly together, NTUCT encouraged DNSU leaders to march ahead and be prepared to go the extra mile to protect their future. 

“Our young leaders in DNSU calling for total ban of illegal and spurious liquor is highly appreciated, and we call upon all conscious citizens to support and cooperate with them,” the release appealed. 

According to the organisation, the time was ripe for a “great uprising”, a time to start a revolution to uproot social evils and do away with all sorts of corruption in the society. It emphasised that unless young people woke up to bring deliverance of their future from near doom, nobody could for them. 

As their leaders, elders, people in the authority and even religious leaders seemed to hardly have concern for their future, NTUCT observed that the Naga society at large was fast drowning under the hypnotic spell of dark forces. DNSU leaders needed to wake up their counterparts and take the yeoman step although the going would be rough and tough, it added. 

The organisation pointed out that the hardest part to contain the alcohol menace as per its experience was excise and police personnel patronising bootleggers by accepting cash on regular basis and loose national workers going door-to-door collecting cash from the sellers, although they were not permitted by their authorities. 

Mentioning that Dimapur district was the source of unabated flow of illicit and spurious liquor all over Nagaland and that there was a very powerful syndicate at work, NTUCT said it came across the glaring and alarming modus operandi of truckloads of liquor plying daily escorted together with army convoys, making the State police difficult to detain them. 

CFD lauds DNSU, CSOs

 Christian Forum Dimapur (CFD) has appreciated the initiative taken by Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) and various civil society organisations against the supply of liquor in the State.

In a statement issued by its chairman Rev Moses Murry and secretary Rev Dr CP Anto, the forum also requested the authority concerned to shut down all liquor outlets across the State. CFD urged all right-thinking organisations and people to come forward for the noble initiative of anti-liquor movement, which would eventually reduce violence, social conflicts, law and order issues and crimes. Calling for strengthening the NLTP Act, 1989, the forum lamented that it had been only on paper and not in action. Over the span of 30 years after it was passed, many civil society organisations and NGOs had been fighting tooth and nail in order to curb the menace of liquor throughout Nagaland.

 However, despite all efforts being made, liquor inflow and supplies continued, it alleged.

Emphasising biblical teaching of Ephesians 5:18, the forum encouraged Christians to abstain from wine that led to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, it exhorted.

The forum pointed out that alcohol led to untimely deaths, serious health complications, inhuman crimes, domestic violence, declining quality of life, increase in road accidents, social disturbances, law & order problems, broken families, etc, all of which was huge burden for the society. 

Though it was very unfortunate that the situation could not be contained, CFD observed that more people, especially young people, were into alcoholism. Economic growth was being given more importance than the value of human lives, it added.

The forum called for focusing on future generation while curbing the social menace, which at this rate would prove disastrous for the people in the State. It thus appealed to the government and relevant agencies to strengthen the NLTP Act.


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