Nupi Samaj demands junking of liquor legalisation Bill
IMPHAL, 17th Jan: All Manipur Women Social Reformation & Development Samaj better known as Nupi Samaj has demanded withdrawal of Manipur Liquor Prohibition (2nd Amendment) Bill.
Addressing media persons at CADA office at Konung Mamang here Thursday, Nupi Samaj president Thokchom Ramani said that the contentious Bill tabled in the House of Manipur Legislative Assembly on July 23, 2018 is not acceptable to the people and both CADA and Nupi Samaj demanded that the Select Committee withdraw the Bill.
As per report of the National Health Survey 2015-16 conducted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, 53 percent of state’s male population and six percent female consume liquor and that alcoholic beverage is becoming inseparable part of every social gathering or religious function as a trend, she said, adding that it would be not wrong to say that liquor consumption is one main reason for occurrence of social crimes in the state.
Unable to bear with occurrence of crimes associated with liquor consumption, women of the state came out to the streets in early 1970s and launched an intense movement by forming Nisha Bandh. The movement then spread to every locality by forming Meira Paibi groups and the drive against liquor is still continuing in every nook and corner of the state with Nupi Samaj, CADA and other organisations taking the lead role, she said.
Even though Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act, 1991 was enacted during the tenure of MPP government led by late RK Ranbir, successive governments have failed to implement this legislation and this Act remains for namesake only. When former chief minister O Ibobi made a statement in the state legislative assembly about government’s plan to export locally brewed liquor, people reacted strongly, she recounted, and condemned chief minister N Biren’s statement made during an event at RIMS on May 4, 2017 wherein he reportedly made mockery of liquor prohibition Act.
Strongly opposing the state government’s plan to export liquor for meagre revenue collection, the Nupi Samaj leader observed that the problem of rice scarcity currently being faced by the state would be compounded if liquor distillation is legalised.
She also accused the state government of sidelining core issues of the state and concentrating more on petty issues like legalisation of liquor.