Imphal: Coalition Against Drug and Alcohol (CADA) on Thursday declared to support Nupi Samaj in its agitation against the Manipur government’s decision to legalise liquor in the state.
The Nupi Samaj, a women organisation, had cautioned the government that it will launch intense agitation if the government fails to withdraw its decision to legalise liquor business in the state by October 10.
The women body has been protesting against the step of the government to legalise liquor by partially lifting the state liquor prohibition act.
The state government issued a draft policy for liquor legalisation on Tuesday.
CADA demanded for a white paper not the draft regulation of the state government and CADA will not meet government until a white paper is produced from the government. CADA is ready to support any form of agitation initiated by Nupi Samaj, secretary general, CADA, Geetchandra Mangang said on Thursday.
Geetchandra told reporters at its office at Pureiromba Khongnangkhong, Imphal East that the draft copy of ‘Manipur Liquor Regulation Policy’ will not be considered as white paper that CADA has been demanding from the government.
He said a white paper should be included pros and cons on legalisation of liquor and should elaborate the queries made by the public including how the government is going to control the situation after liquor sale and production is legalised.
Before issuing a draft policy the government should made its declaration that the government has failed to ban liquor in the state under Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991 as background of the white paper. Research data should be included in the white paper highlighting health problem, social problem, cultural norms, crime, economy and others in order to convince the public, he added.
He said the draft copy was issued in order to distract the people from the movement carried against liquor legalisation.
The draft copy was not officially handed over to the public through media but it was found circulating through social media. However, CADA received an official copy signed by additional chief secretary to chief minister Neilenthang Telien on Wednesday evening.
CADA is not against the government and welcomes to meet government. However, the government should produce a white paper in order to convince the people on liquor legalisation. The draft copy was made without the consent of public. CADA will not comment on the draft copy until a white paper is produced, Geetchandra said.