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Villages under Chümoukedima circle ask govt to re-visit NLPT Act; hold consultative meet

DIMAPUR, SEP 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/13/2020 12:25:15 PM IST

Villages under Chümoukedima town circle have questioned the utility of Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act, 1989 and asked the state government to either add more teeth to the implementing agencies or lift the Act altogether as it has now been rendered only a paper tiger bringing shame and disgrace.

In a statement, NTUCT president Lhousito Khro and joint secretary Aolemba Longkumer said that a coordination meeting of the villages was held under the aegis of Naga Tribal Union Chümoukedima Town (NTUCT) Saturday to share concerns and opinions regarding sale of spurious liquor in the area, which has now become hotbed of illegal liquor business affecting the entire State.

The meeting attended by chairmen and representatives from Tenyiphe-I Village, Sodzulhou Village, Sovima Village, Chümoukedima ‘A’ Village, Head G.B of Chümoukedima Town and NTUCT officials also questioned the credibility of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) in its fight against uncontrolled flow of illegal and spurious liquor in the present scenario.

Some of the participants alleged at the meeting that the kingpins or illegal liquor barons of Nagaland and living in the villages in and around Chümoukedima were running a powerful syndicate network, where it alleged that national workers and excise and police personnel manning check gates were also involved due to hefty sum paid to them on regular basis.

After a thorough deliberation over the issue, the house appealed to the state government to re-visit the NLPT Act of June 26, 1989, besides suggesting holding wide consultative meetings with stakeholders whether to amend or withdraw the Act. The meeting also questioned the credentials of NBCC in this regard and reminded its present leaders that the Act was passed in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly at its behest. 

But simply passing the Act was not an end in itself as concerted and continuous efforts were required on NBCC’s part to keep pressurising the State government and also prepare an action plan for the church to continually fight against this monster, the participants emphasised.

The house also appreciated security personnel, particularly 5th Assam Rifles, for having busted the illegal spurious liquor bottling plant at 7th Mile Model Village on September 4 and appealed to them to boldly continue their fight, which would be appreciated by one and all.

It resolved to co-operate and support the security forces or any agency fighting against this evil that is claiming lives of innocent citizens, destroying families and rendering “our future” uncertain.

Appealing to the police commissioner and excise department to destroy the confiscated consignments in full public view without misusing them, the villages also urged the authority concerned to award stringent punishment to those caught in this nefarious business.

The villages further unanimously resolved to impose heavy penalty to house owners and landlords found involved in this banned and prohibited activities.

They also resolved to stop and flush out sale of illegal liquor and any banned psychotropic substances through joint efforts.

 

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