Prohibition bill may be enforced
Source: Manipur Mail

Imphal, July 10: The Government of Manipur is making all out effort to implement the Manipur Prohibition Act "effectively" within a short span of time in view of the report of availability of Indian Made foreign Liquor (IMFL) in the state despite the prohibition.

Manipur Prohibition Act was enacted in 1991 when RK Ranbir was the Chief Minister of Manipur following heavy pressure from the various quarters particularly from the womenfolk.

"Efforts are on in framing the new rule, the effective implementation of the Prohibition act" Excise and Jail Ad- ministration Minister Wungnaoshang Keishing informed the ongoing monsoon session today while replying to a question raised by the Karong assembly constituency in Senapati district MLA Henry Paotei.

The minister also stated that due to the imposition of the prohibition act the government managed to collect a sum of Rs 2.40 crore in 2001-2002 from various agencies particularly from the defence forces.

Stating that though the prohibition could be implemented properly since it's imposition due to certain factors, the minister also informed the house that once the prohibition is lifted the state would be able to earn not less than 40 to 50 crore annually.

Regarding the report of availability of IMFL across the despite the act, the minister categorically opined "it could not be done in one go, it would be anytime".

He also clarified that the government had no plan to lift the prohibition in the five hill districts or in the valley areas.

Participating in the discussion the N Biren also requested the minister to table a report on the collection of excise taxes from the country made liquor.

The minister in turn replied to provide the report as soon as possible.

The IMFL have been smuggled in from the neighboring Assam and Meghalaya through the two national highways 39 and the same time there are alsn reports of smuggling other foreign liquor from the neighboring Myanmar through Moreh, the border town of the state.

Meanwhile the ongoing session has today agreed to pass a private member resolution in connection with the 'restoration of LE CHATALETTES, a state owned plot of land in proper Shillong (Meghalaya) to the state of Manipur with the union home Ministry and Comptroller and Auditor General of India immediately with an improved language'.

The private member resolution was presented by the opposition member O Joy in the house this evening.

The state Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and Revenue Minister Elangbam Biramani while giving government's stand on the issue expressed their desire to tackle the issue with some necessary "legal aid" for the first phase.

However pressure from opposition forced the house to pass the resolution with an improved language of the resolution.

The Le Chatalettes is said to be a rest house of the Maharani Ishori Devi wife of the Maharaja Bodhchandra who signed the Manipur merger agreement on September 21 in 1949 at this historic place.