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Posted: Monday, 03 June 2019 23:15

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Mizoram goes Dry- Once Again

June 03: After allowed serving alcohol for 4 years in March 2015, Prohibition has been again imposed in Mizoram as the state government notified the prohibition act last Tuesday apropos passing of the Mizoram Liquor Prohibition Bill, 2019 passed by the state Assembly on March 20 this year

State  Governor Prof. Jadish Mukhi has given his assent to the bill. Excise and Narcotics department, Commissioner, Ngurchungnunga Sailo told PTI that the notification was issued by the state Law and Judicial department and published in the state government official gazette.

The prohibition law could not be notified earlier as the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office, following instructions from the Election Commission of India (ECI) prohibited notification and enforcement of the law till the end of the election process on May 27 as the model code of conduct was in place.

The state government had earlier announced that the notification would be issued on April 1. While retail wine shops and bonded warehouses were already closed due to unavailability of liquor stocks, Tales and Spirits bar inside the Hotel Ritz in the heart of Aizawl-the State Capital, was finally closed on Monday night.

With powerful churches and community-based organisations favouring stringent prohibition law, Mizoram was virtually dry most of the time since India's independence in 1947. Though partial prohibition was in place, the state government allowed the opening of wine shops in 1984 under the provisions of the Mizoram Excise Act, 1973 but wine shops and bars were closed from 1987 and partial prohibition continued.

The Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act, 1995 was legislated and enforced from February 20, 1997, till January 15, 2015, the day, the new law – Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control Act) 2014 was notified. With the new Mizo National Front (MNF) government coming to power after the election to the state Assembly held on November 28 last year, the government changed its policy and announced the imposition of dry law again.

Mizoram joins Gujarat, Bihar, Kerala and Nagaland as a dry state. This is part of the Constitutional authority given to every State in the Indian Constitution promulgated in 1950, according to clause 47 of which is a Directive Principle, in that it cannot be enforced by law but it recommends the States to enforce Prohibition.

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Subhash Arora

 

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