Wednesday, September 28, 2022

KNSK urges govt to strictly implement NLTP Act

Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong, the apex body of the Konyak Women’s Organisation, has appealed to the state government to strictly implement Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act 1989.
In a press note, KNSK president Ponglem and general secretary Ngiplem stated that even before the NLTP Act was passed, the KNSK had fought tooth and nail to prohibit sale and consumption of alcohol and other harmful substances in Mon district.
Soon after its inception in 1986, the signatories said with the vigorous efforts of KNSK, all wine shops in Mon district was totally closed down October 10, 1988 and destroyed all seized items in the presence of the district administration, police, youth and public leaders.
While stating that stringent rules and regulations were enforced against sale and consumption of alcohol and other harmful substances from 1988 till date, KNSK said it would continue to stick to its resolution to curb the menace that hampers the growth of peaceful society and future generation.
Asserting that no government or organisation was above God or the Biblical principle, KNSK said the decision to declare Nagaland as a ‘Dry state’ was not a hasty one, but was done after thorough deliberation considering all factors, for the betterment of society in all spheres.
It also said that NLTP Act was also passed after serious intercession, prayers and fasting by church leaders.
Reminding the proclamation ‘Nagaland for Christ’, KNSK said any policy and programme of the government that does not echo those sentiments should not be promoted.
Instead, KNSK said the present government should tighten the Act and make more stringent laws to deal with the defaulters. Irrespective of big mafias or small-scale peddlers, the law enforcing agencies should use the same yardstick, it stated.
KNSK further pointed out that the introduction of the NLTP Act has led to lower rates of drinking among men and as well as decreased incidence of violence against women.
However, lifting of Act will have a diverse impact on the society and will hamper the peaceful co-existence of the society, lead to more domestic and sexual violence, risking behaviour and criminal activity in the state, KNSK stated.
“Use of alcohol will enslave, seduce and destroy its users and ultimately our families and society as well. The consequences are overwhelming and fearful,” KNSK said, and hoped that the government would make the right decision, as lifting of the Act will add more fuel to the fire.