Manipur Liquor Prohibition Bill passed
Source: Manipur Mail

Imphal, July 30: The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Amendment) Bill was today passed amid walkout by members of the Opposition.

The Government expects to earn some revenue by selling liquor in the hill districts.

The Opposition members strongly objected to the Bill.

L Ibomcha said the earlier Act should be repealed and a fresh bill introduced.

As per the law as the matter concerns public health the matter should be referred to the Hill Areas Committee.

Under the present circumstances the excise acts are full of flaws and the outdated system is followed which is not in vogue nowadays, he added.

In the bill presented today there is a sentence which said under the present financial condition the government is introducing the bill, which indicates some sort of pressures, being exerted on the government.

The House cannot be under any pressure and no bill should reflect in writing any point, which seems to be pressurizing the government, he said.

The matter should be referred to the Select Committee, as the bill is not prepared properly, he said.

Enforcing the bill in a certain area tantamount to encouraging drinking in a particular area which is unfortunate, he noted.

The Chief Minister O Ibobi said liquor is available everywhere anytime.

The government will be benefited if it allows the sale of liquor.

About Rs 50 crores are expected as revenue, he said.

The Opposition members one after another opposed the bill but the treasury bench insisted in passing the bill.

The entire Opposition members staged a walkout.

However the bill was passed.