A Mizoram minister said that the state has once again become a completely dry state from May 28 following a new liquor law that prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol.
The state’s Excise and Narcotics Minister K Beichhua said that the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition) Bill, 2019 was passed unanimously in the state Assembly on March 20. The bill that received Governor Jagdish Mukhi’s assent before the parliamentary polls replaced the four-year-old Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) or MLPC Act, 2014.
The minister also said that the laws in the new bill could not be implemented immediately after Governor Mukhi’s assent due to the Model Code of Conduct in force for the Lok Sabha polls and Assembly by-elections.
After lifting the MCC by the Election Commission on Sunday afternoon, the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition) Bill, 2019 was notified on Tuesday. Minister Beichhua further stated that the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) was committed to fulfilling its pre-poll promise made to the people before the November 28 Assembly polls adding that they are happy that the MNF government fulfilled one of its major pre-poll commitments.
The minister said that the state government had taken the step to save future generations from the menace of alcohol and drugs and establish a clean Mizo society. He also informed that the new prohibition of sale and consumption of alcohol in the state would lose revenue to the tune of Rs. 60-70 crore annually.