AIZAWL, JUNE 16: Excise & narcotics Minister R. Lalzirliana said that ‘The Mizoram Liquor Prohibition & Control Act, 2014’ is currently being enforced in strictly manner in the whole of Mizoram except three Autonomous District Councils in south Mizoram.
Addressing a political session at Congress Bhavan on Friday, the minister said though the MPLC act was framed in haste, it is a good act with no point of criticism. Even as the act came into force from 2015 and while it was considered to be good, It began to receive criticism as the government was not stringent in implementing the act, he said, adding that it was on this back drop that the government is currently enforcing the MPLC act in stricter form.
Lalzirliana said that the government has also framed a rule to book excise constable and liquor vendors for violation of the act. He said that any excise constable, if found helping liquor vendors in illegal selling are liable to face suspension and any liquor vendors or wine shop owners are found violating the act by indulging in illegal sale shall face legal action to the extend of suspension of their license in the first violation and cancellation of their license in the second violation.
He said that the government has recently suspended the license of two liquor vendors for 3 months for allegedly selling liquor against the MPLC Act.
Expressing grief for the present catastrophe occurred in different parts of the state due to incessant rains, Lalzirliana said the government is strongly grieved with those who have been victimized by the natural disaster.
He said that the cabinet which met on Wednesday observed a minute silence to pay homage to those who have been killed and victimized by the catastrophe.
“All district authority are asked to submit detail report of the catastrophe and the government is playing its part to address the prevailing crisis. We would also approach Delhi for more relief fund if need be,” he said.
In another news, Water supply to Aizawl city has been disrupted since Tuesday due to flooding of Tlawng river in Sairang village. Sources said that water pipe line between pump house near Tlawng river and Dihmunzawl has been blocked since Tuesday disrupting water supply. Water supply to Aizawl city from Serlui and Vaipuanpho river has also been disrupted due to landslide.
Water supply from river Tlawng river was disrupted since Tuesday due to flooding of Tlawng river. PHE engineers put into action and accordingly which one water pump was made functional since Wednesday.
However, the amount of water pumped with the help of one water pump was sufficed to meet the need of only hospitals and other institutions where the need of water is most felt.
Sources said that, officials are making relentless effort to resume normal supply of water.
Meanwhile, PHE department also asked public consumers not to waste water and practice rain water harvesting to solve the prevailing water crisis.
Meanwhile, Twelve Mizo martyrs whose skeletal remains have been unearthed recently were re-buried today at martyr cemetery located at Lungmual on the outskirt of Aizawl.
Addressing a burial service held at the cemetery, MNF president Zoramthanga said that the martyrs have left behind a good message for us and they will continue to live in our heat.
“People paid great respect to the martyrs as they laid down their precious lives for the cause of the Mizo people” he said.
Hailing the martyr cemetery as a symbol of unity, Zorama said that it is a pride of Mizo people.
“The martyr cemetery has brought us together and it is our pride,” he said.
Zoramthanga said that the skeletal remains of the martyrs would also be unearthed and re-buried at the cemetery.