Kohima, March 05 (NE): Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), the apex women’s body in Nagaland, urged the state government to review a legislation, that banned liquor in the state 30 years ago, and ensure its strict implementation.
Voicing concern over the easy availability of spurious liquor in violation of the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act of 1989, the NMA, in a statement said alcoholism has claimed the lives of hundreds of people in the state.
The reason why mothers move so strongly against sale of liquor is that we live with the everyday reality of domestic violence due to alcohol and poverty because of hard-earned money being spent on liquor.”
The sale of liquor is thriving because of the alcohol syndicates’ widespread network that includes state agencies. The NMA is “aware of the rising cases of alcoholism among women, young boys and girls including school children”.
The Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (NBCC), which moved for the said Act, was left out of the past consultative meetings, the association has suggested the state government to invite the council and all stakeholders. “Looking into the grim reality, reviewing the existing Act should be the priority of the state government,” it added.