Mizoram to ban sale of liquor from April 1

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AIZAWL, March 10: The Mizoram government has decided to ban sale of alcohol from April, 2019, official sources said on Sunday. The sources also said that the state Excise and Narcotics department recently issued a notification stating Prohibition Law will come into force in the state from April 1.

The notification also instructed all bonded warehouse dealers, liquor vendors and owners of bars in hotels, clubs and lodges to phase out their sale (stock) on or before March 31, the sources added.

The cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthang on Friday last approved the agenda for  Introduction of the Mizoram Liqour (Prohibition) Bill, 2019 after thorough discussion, an official press release said on Saturday. The Prohibition Bill would be introduced in the state assembly during the budget session to be held from March 12 to 20, the release added.

Imposition of Total Prohibition on sales of alcohol was the poll plank of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) before the state assembly elections.

For about 17 years, Mizoram had banned liquor with The Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act, 1995 being enforced in the state from 1997 till January 2015.

In 2014, the Congress government led by Lal Thanhawla legislated The Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition & Control) Bill and allowed opening of wine shop from March 2015.