IMPHAL, Dec 20 � Manipur Assembly Speaker Th Lokeshor today adjourned the House sine die after the winter session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly assembled at 1:45 pm.
On the last day of the 3rd session of the State Assembly, Chief Minister O Ibobi stated that the Liquor Prohibition Act enforced in Manipur is now ineffective. He said this during a discussion on the matter of public interest.
The Chief Minister said despite the Liquor Prohibition Act enforced in the State since 1991, there has been a significant increase in drinking and the number of persons whose health has been affected by liquor consumption is also on the rise in Manipur.
The State Government is considering lifting of the ban and making high quality liquor in its place to raise revenue of the State but the concerns of the NGOs in the state are also one of the important matters to be seriously considered.
The Chief Minister said there is no any official report about selling foreign liquor in Kangla Fort except in the security canteen. �It is the customary right of the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes to sell country wine in the State.�
Ibobi was replying to a question raised by MLA Th Shyamkumar on the sale of illegal liquor/alcohol in the State during the discussion on the matter of public interest.
Opposition leader I Ibohanbi while participating in the discussion mentioned that the recent remarks of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde widely published in the newspapers on the introduction of Inner Line Permit system in Manipur and asked the House whether the remarks of Shinde amounted to breach of privilege of the House or contempt of House.
Responding to the question, the Chief Minister said there is no any report collected about the matter and informed the House to wait for what the Privilege Committee acts on the issue.