Manipur CM Biren assures massive drive against unregulated alcohol

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh assured that massive drives against ‘unregulated liquor’ throughout the state after meeting with the representatives of Nupi Samaj on Wednesday at CM’s Secretariat.

CM Biren met the representatives of the women organisation and discussed on the Manipur Liquor Regulation Policy which was recently drafted by the state government.

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“Held a very productive meeting with the representatives of Nupi Samaj regarding the Manipur Liquor Regulation Policy. During the meeting, we exchanged our views on the implementation of the policy and I have also assured that massive drives against unregulated liquor will be conducted throughout the state,” said CM Biren Singh on Facebook.

The meeting was also attended by minister Yumnam Khemchand, minister Nemcha Kipgen and minister Awangbow Newmai.

The recent decision by the Manipur Cabinet to partially lift the prohibition on sale, consumption and brewing of alcohol in the state has triggered opposition from various groups, including Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) and Nupi Samaj demanding to revoke the decision.

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By lifting of prohibition on alcohol partially, the state plans to earn Rs 600 crore annually.

Manipur government has recently issued draft Manipur Liquor Regulation Policy which aims to legalise alcohol in a bid to eradication of distillation, transportation, possession, consumption and sale of illicit liquor and restricting the availability of local liquor as well as IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor)/ FMFL (Foreign Made Foreign Liquor) in the state.

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