Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram main opposition party, the Mizo National Front (MNF) on Saturday strongly opposed the setting up of liquor factory in the state.
The MNF’s position came after a report that the state government is currently constructing liquor factory in Lawngtlai district in the southern part of the state.
MNF general secretary R Rohmingliana told a press conference here on Saturday that the state government is currently constructing a liquor factory at Chawngte ‘C’ on the Udalthana Road in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) area in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district.
“The construction of the factory building has been already completed and only installation of machines are awaited which is to be completed soon after installation of electric power,” he said.
He, however, failed to indicate under which department the factory is being set up.
The leader alleged that initiative of liquor factory construction has been commenced by the Congress-led state government under the leadership of former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of CADC and Congress leader Kali Kumar Tongchongya during the council previous term.
“People were unaware of the construction of liquor factory in CADC area as the state government put the construction under secrecy,” he alleged.
He said that the MNF has strongly opposed the initiative and would not allow any factory to be set up in the state.
The Mizoram Liquor Prohibition & Control (MLPC) Act, 2014, which allow opening of wineshop in Mizoram, came into force in the state since January 15, 2015 after 17 years of total prohibition in the state.
3 bonded warehouses
As of now, there are 3 bonded warehouses, 53 vendors and 2 bars in the state.
Rohmingliana alleged that many youths, young married men and policemen have died due to consumption of liquor after opening of wine shop in the state since 2015.
He said that the opening of wine shop by Congress government has strongly impacted the Mizo society and put the churches at dismay.
While citing that the MNF has strongly regretted for the setting up of liquor factory besides opening of wine shop in the state, the leader strongly asked the state government to abort the construction of liquor factory in CADC area.
He also said that the MNF, if comes to power would lift MLPC Act and ban liquor in the state.