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Nagaland discusses liquor ban Act

Zhaleo stated that the Committee to review the NLPT Act, 1989 was formed in 2018 to study the health issues resulting from consumption of spurious liqueur

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Kohima: Various stakeholders on Thursday discussed issues relating to the implementation of Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act, 1989 (NLTP Act) , with the state government informing that it was yet to take any decision to lift the legislation.

Chief Secretary, Nagaland, J Alam chaired the meeting. Adviser for Excise Zhaleo Rio informed the participants that the State Government has not taken any decision to lift the NLPT Act, 1989 and that the meeting was being held to discuss and know the stand of the stakeholders, according to official sources.

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Zhaleo stated that the Committee to review the NLPT Act, 1989 was formed in 2018 to study the health issues resulting from consumption of spurious liqueur, to study the revenue generation of Excise Department of other North Eastern States and the avenues of employment generation in the state. He said statements and views of the various organisations have been collected by the panel which will study them and submit its recommendations to the State Government.

He conceded that the implementation of the legislation has not been “satisfactory” and it could not achieve the end goal. The consultative meeting was attended by Naga civil bodies and Church organisations, besides NGOs. 

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