Kohima, March 03 (NE): It’s been 31 years since Nagaland is tagged as ‘Dry State’ ever since the existence of Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act 1989. But on the ground the picture is very different, wondering how? Let’s read through….
Few days back Nagaland social media users had fun with Nagaland Police pictures of drunken driving detector test and awareness from different districts of Nagaland. Amazing, is it not? – but one could see, as Nagaland shares border with Assam, few district have direct access to Assam, which is not a dry state like Nagaland.
Much needed to say, on the business aspect, one could surely see, Assam is profiting in a big way through NLTP Act 1989 in Nagaland. Seizing liquor within the Nagaland state is not a new story for Nagas as it’s part of the daily headlines.
Who would take such a big risk of bringing liquor to a dry state? – when caught NLTP Act is applied. Knowing all these, if few are taking such a big risk to black market the liquor to a dry state, then it indicate the demands within the state and the profit. As we read liquor seized news- out of all the effort, how many are seized? Just look around for an answer!
The NLTP Act 1989 as such is good but the implementation on the ground makes the difference. On the contrary, within the state, this may give a platform to corrupt people to have a side income just to blink their eyes for few minutes. So, here in Nagaland also NLTP Act can be a business opportunity for few people.
31 years and counting, is it not really time for Nagaland to think on NLTP Act implementation? Either it should be a complete dry state or a wet state, wetness in dry state is such a dangerous place for the people and society. Making mockery of an Act which was introduced for the betterment of its people could be now an opportunity and business for few within the state too, if not so wetness in a dry land is very unusual.
Is there a way out for Nagaland at this juncture? Perhaps this will be a question, we will leave to the concerned authorities and the government to ponder. But one thing in mind, 31 years is a very long time for anyone to know the possibilities and practicalities of keeping Nagaland a real dry state.