Thursday, October 6, 2022

Women’s body warns mass agitation against lifting prohibition in Manipur

All Manipur Women’s Social Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj), an apex body of women based Civil Society Organisations in Manipur on Thursday joined the chorus demanding revocation of the government’s recent decision on lifting prohibition.
Cabinet of N Biren Singh government on September 20 approved a proposal for partial lifting of the prohibition and regulating selling and brewing of liquor in the state.
Manipur has been a dry state since 1991 with the enactment of the Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act, 1991.
‘Roll back the decision. Do not invite a massive agitation’ Nupi Samaj president Th Ramani cautioned the government, at a news conference held at its office in Imphal today.
If the government fails to revoke the decision, the apex body is ready for a mass agitation, she said. “We have a firm decision against legalization of liquor,” she added.
She recalled the struggle of women of the state against liquor, adding that for the last more than 40 years, women in each locality and village have been conducting a drive against liquor and other intoxicants.
Meira Paibi (local women’s body) in each locality was the product of the prolonged drive against liquor and intoxicants by women.
The hard struggle of the women went in vain with the recent decision of the government, the president alleged.
“Are you asking to convert Meira Paibi Shang (structures meant for local womenfolk) into liquor vendors,” she asked chief minister N Biren Singh.
The president alleged the decision to legalize liquor was taken without the consent of the public. The decision has vested interest, she added.
She cautioned that womenfolk were ready to launch intense forms of agitations if the state government failed to roll back the decision.
The government decision to lift prohibition had received sharp reactions from September 20, the day the decision was announced.
Coalition against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA), a Civil Society Organisation actively campaigning against liquor and other intoxicants, also strongly reacted to the government decision.
Coalition against Drugs and Alcohol alleged that the decision to lift the prohibition will only make the War on Drugs campaign of the state government hollow as the state’s drug policy covers liquor too. The apex body strongly alleged that the government resolved to lift prohibition under the influence of some business tycoon so that the latter could pursue their works freely.