Mizoram’s 18-year-old alcohol prohibition law will be relaxed from January 15 after the government on Thursday issued a notification that will put into force the rules of a new liquor legislation. The notification issued on Thursday states that the rules framed for the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Act 2014 will be implemented from next week. Under the new law, whoever is above the age of 21 years and who has been issued a permit to buy and consume alcohol will be able to buy a limited amount of alcohol from wine shops — six bottles of hard liquor and ten bottles each of beer or wine per month. The partial lifting of prohibition has pitched the Congress government against the powerful church and mass-based voluntary organizations, who are against the move. About a dozen Aizawl neighborhood authorities, known as Local Councils, have also pledged to disallow the sale of alcohol in their jurisdictions although most are ruled by opposition parties. The government has insisted meanwhile that the new law does not lift prohibition but merely regulates the sale of alcohol in the state and based it’s argument on the legislation’s title which includes “prohibition and control”. The government’s argument is that the new law will not only reduce the risk of continued deaths from consumption of illicit alcohol, but also bring in much needed revenue into the state coffers.
The Indian Express