Thursday, August 18, 2022

Check-gates issue needs more discussion: Zhaleo Rio

Sericulture, Excise and Minority Affairs adviser Zhaleo Rio said the importance of check-gates could not be ignored so long as Nagaland remained under the prohibition regime.
Addressing a review meeting of Excise & Prohibition Department convened by him here on Thursday, he claimed that the check-gates had been instrumental in the seizure of a large quantity of quality cases that had given high visibility to the department regarding its presence and field activity.
Rio felt that the issue of check-gates needed to be further deliberated and taken up with the authority concerned. At the same time, he stressed enforcement of the existing Acts and laws regardless of the situations and circumstances.
According to him, the flow of liquor into the State could be curbed to a great extent by exploring the best possible ways by optimally using available resources of the department. He also assured the department of every help and support from him in this regard.
Held to discuss matters relating to the closure of excise check-gates, field-related activities and service matters, the meeting was chaired by excise & prohibition commissioner H Atokhe Aye and attended by excise & prohibition secretary Kevekha Kevin Zehol, deputy commissioner of excise (headquarters) S Chanlei Angh, superintendent of excise (narcotics cell) T Arilong Longkumer, assistant commissioner of excise (administration) S Phyobemo Kikon and other officials of the department.
In his speech, Zehol stressed following the government rules and regulations in service matters and general office administration. He also emphasised on proportionate staffing of personnel at the district outposts. On the occasion, Angh gave a presentation on various field activities of the department.
In his presentation on the closure of excise check-gates and its ramifications, Longkumer feared the abundant flow of liquor following closure of the check-gates. As per the raids and investigations conducted, he said liquor rates had drastically reduced in far-flung district areas.
A brief interaction with outpost officers pertaining to enforcement issues was also held. Vote of thanks was given by Kikon.

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