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Drafting of Prohibition Bill of Mizoram on verge of completion

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AIZAWL, March 3 - Drafting of Prohibition Bill to replace the existing Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition & Control) or MLPC Act, 2014 is on the verge of completion, according to Mizoram Excise Minister Dr K Beichhua.

He told a local cable TV network on Sunday that officials of the State Excise department and law experts are currently working on the Bill to ensure that it is tabled in the upcoming Assembly session.

He added that the Law department is currently working on revision of the Bill. The Minister further said that the Prohibition Bill will be tabled for legislation in the upcoming budget session to be held from March 12.

Before the Assembly polls last year, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) headed by Zoramthanga had promised that it would bring back �Total Prohibition�, if it comes to power.

Beichhua said the government is committed to its pre-poll promises of imposing prohibition on sales of alcohol. Chief minister Zoramthanga had also said that his government would legislate a stringent law to ban liquor.

The Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act, 1995 restricting the sale of alcohol was introduced by Lal Thanhawla-led Congress Government in 1997 and remained in force for about 17 years till 2015.

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Drafting of Prohibition Bill of Mizoram on verge of completion

AIZAWL, March 3 - Drafting of Prohibition Bill to replace the existing Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition & Control) or MLPC Act, 2014 is on the verge of completion, according to Mizoram Excise Minister Dr K Beichhua.

He told a local cable TV network on Sunday that officials of the State Excise department and law experts are currently working on the Bill to ensure that it is tabled in the upcoming Assembly session.

He added that the Law department is currently working on revision of the Bill. The Minister further said that the Prohibition Bill will be tabled for legislation in the upcoming budget session to be held from March 12.

Before the Assembly polls last year, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) headed by Zoramthanga had promised that it would bring back �Total Prohibition�, if it comes to power.

Beichhua said the government is committed to its pre-poll promises of imposing prohibition on sales of alcohol. Chief minister Zoramthanga had also said that his government would legislate a stringent law to ban liquor.

The Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act, 1995 restricting the sale of alcohol was introduced by Lal Thanhawla-led Congress Government in 1997 and remained in force for about 17 years till 2015.