Dimapur: The Heritage Publishing House, Morung Foundation and The Morung Express hosted an open floor discussion at Don Bosco Institute for Development and Leadership on the issue like “Should NLTP (Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition) Act continue in Nagaland” here recently.
The conversation was attended by people from many walks in life and lauded the organisers for organising such an event during a juncture where the talk of the NLTP was a hot topic in the entire state. The respondents consisting of K. Ela director Prodigals Home, Kevisetuo Angmai additional commissioner excise department, Dimapur, Dr Pangernungba Kichu professor of society, Christian ethics and contextual theology, oriental theological seminary, Dr Sallkyu Sangtam assistant professor, North East Christian University, Kahuto Chishi Sumi Gaon Bura Hevishe Village.
The open remarks from the respondents brought up the topic in a much wider sense, where Dr Sallkyu Sangtam pointed out that the people are forgetting the human aspects and focusing more on whether to amend the prohibition or not.
K Ela opened her talk by stating that the prohibition was carried out in good intention but the implementation went wrong and went on to say that the implementation of the NLTP was a failure. Ela further went on and added that the prohibition must be revisited and reevaluated by the citizens of the state.
Kahuto Chishi Sumi on the outset of his opening remark pointed out that the prohibition is affecting only the poor in our society. Chishi further pointed out that alcoholics are only a small portion in the state population and that when the state tries to decrease the number of consumers in the state, the alcoholics go up to the extend of anything to get their alcohol hence driving the poor to commit a crime.
The additional commissioner of excise department Kevisetuo Angmai pointed out that the excise department of the state was low in manpower and gave out the numbers of the personnel that are employed in the state excise department and Dimapur district in particular.
Dr Pangernungba Kichu opened his talk stating that it would be wiser if the church was the first body in that state that should initiate to review the prohibition act. He further went on to add that the topic should be brought up in the public domain and also praised the organisers for hosting the event and bringing the public to voice out.
The event also witnessed a good turn out in numbers where the participants in the event raised their own doubts and their opinions to the respondent. With the prohibition of liquor in the state of Nagaland in 1989, the state was declared as a dry state but in the recent times, the students’ body in the state have been busting a lot of liquor outlets in the state and in Dimapur district particularly.
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