Wednesday, February 8, 2023

CBCC urges state govt to fully implement NLTP Act

Reacting to the proposed move of the state government to review the Nagaland Total Liquor Prohibition (NLTP) Act, 1989, the Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) has urged the government to fully implement the NLTP Act, 1989 in the greater interest of the people and the state.
In a press note, CBCC executive secretary Rev. Khrotso Mero pointed out that the NLTP Act came into being after nearly three decades of persistent appeal of the Naga public spearheaded by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), Naga Mothers’ Association and other civil society groups “to eradicate the menace of drinking in our land.”
CBCC said that although the Act was realised and inspired by the teachings of the Bible, it was literally enacted in conformity with the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) as enshrined in the constitution of India (Article 47).
CBCC also stated that when India gained independence in 1947, prohibition was included in directive principles of the Constitution of India and accordingly the government of several states adopted and introduced these liquor prohibition laws. It said those states included Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Manipur, Mizoram, Lakshadweep and Nagaland.
Although some of those states have relaxed on prohibition Acts, CBCC said the two prominent states that were still enforcing those prohibition laws were Gujarat and Bihar. CBCC claimed that Gujarat Prohibition Act 1949 was being enforced till today with significant success.
In the case of Bihar, CBCC said ever since the Bihar Prohibition Act 2016 was introduced, the socio-economic effects of the state revealed that “within a year of prohibition, the number of murders and gang robberies decreased by 20%. The number of riots fell by 13% and traffic accident were reduced by 10%. For the economy, spending per household rose: increase in sales of milk by 10%, cheese by 20%, two-wheeled vehicles by 30% and electrical appliance by 50%, CBCC said.
“Considering the significant success of implementing the Prohibition Acts in Gujarat & Bihar and comparing with the contentious issues of the NLTP Act, 1989, what concerns us most is the political will of the government to implement the Act in letter and spirit,” CBCC stated.
The Church reminded that the NLTP Act was a legislation that empowered the government to act upon.
CBCC has, therefore, stressed that the responsible implementing agency should come out with detail and comprehensive strategy for full implementation of the Act.
Instead of focussing on the failures of the Act, CBCC said it was the Constitutional duty of the government to aggressively develop appropriate mechanism to implement the Act with courage.
CBCC also affirmed to fully endorse and stand in solidarity with the NBCC representing 1708 churches.

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