- NET Web Desk
Recently, the Select Committee of Manipur Legislative Assembly had approved the brewing of high alcohol liquor for commercial export to other states.
Anti-liquor groups, women vigilantes and residents in general have supported the step taken by the BJP-led government.
The Committee had recently given its approval to The Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act, 1991 (2nd Amendment).
However, opposing the government policy, the Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) is presently urging the government to withdraw this Bill.
In the 1980s, Manipur used to earn annual revenue worth around Rs 40 crore from the 65 foreign liquor shops and three bonded warehouses.
No revenue was then officially collected from the roadside shops, doing a brisk business by illegally selling Indian-made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) bottles under the nose of the excise personnel.
The State government says that after the enforcement of the amended Act, the exchequer will collect between Rs 350 and Rs 400 crore as tax.