‘Prohibition possible only with civil society’s help’
Dimapur, August 3
AUTHORITIES overseeing the enforcement of the prohibition act are of the opinion that a successful implementation of the Nagaland Liquor (total prohibition) Act would require the help of both dedicated enforcement personnel as well as active participation from civil organizations such as the Naga Hoho. Departmental officers of the Excise department met today with Parliamentary Secretary for Excise T Torechu and Secretary for Excise Ramongo Lotha in the directorate.
The parliamentary secretary addressed all the officials of the Excise department including the district superintendents from all over the state. He said that the NLTP Act should be systematically enforced by the Excise department along with the help of all civil organizations particularly the churches and the Naga Hoho. He sought streamlining the existing section and rules of the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act 1989.
According to a note received here today, Torechu said that the prohibition Act can be enforced only with the total commitment and participation of the public in general and the civil organizations in particular. He advised that this issue should be taken up in all the districts by the Excise department in coordination and support of the civil organizations.
Secretary for Excise Ramongo Lotha spoke during the meeting. He said active co-operation and dissemination of awareness about the NLTP Act should go down to the grass-root level. ‘Everybody should have awareness of the NLTP Act’ and enforce it with discipline and responsibility, he said.