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By Halley Nongmaithem
A committee formed under the leadership of Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh, began an inspection drive of distilled indigenous country (DIC) liquor in different parts of the state on Wednesday.
The team, led by Singh, inspected several DIC producing units in Sekmai Awang Leikai and Phayeng area to assess the overall quality of the liquor.
The team also checked the hygiene and quality under which they prepare the liquor.
As DIC liquor is a source of income for many people in the area, the government is looking at the feasibility of commercialising the product.
“DIC liquors from Phayeng or Sekmai is a traditional and a customary practice carried on through ages. It is also a source of income for the locals,” Singh said.
“The team will discuss the possibility of promoting DIC liquor outside the state after a detailed study on the quality of the liquor,” he added.
On January 22, the state assembly had stated that a select committee is examining the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 and subsequently proposed to enable the manufacture of alcoholic liquor strictly for sale outside Manipur.
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)