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Church, NGOs hail MNF’s move to ban liquor

The powerful church and non-government organisations have welcomed the new Mizo National Front government’s move to ban liquor as a high-level committee began working on total prohibition in Christian-majority Mizoram.

In keeping with his party’s poll promise, Chief Minister Zoramthanga had on Monday announced a ban on sale of liquor during Christmas festivities from December 21 to January 14 next year. The liquor vending licences of Mizoram police battalions and three State-run corporations were cancelled too.

The move came four years after Lal Thanhawla’s Congress government replaced total prohibition with controlled prohibition through the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Act, 2014.

“The Mizo society has been greatly affected by the liquor and drug menace. The government’s move is encouraging,” said Vanlalruata, president of the Central Young Mizo Association.

“The decision to close all government-run liquor shops is a step in the right direction. The churches have always been against opening of wine shops,” said Rev F. Lalrinnunga, president of Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, a coordination body of 14 major churches in the State.

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