Bihar CM Nitish Kumar rules out any dilution in liqour prohibition law

The Bihar Chief Minister said a study on social and economic dimensions of prohibition is being conducted.

By: PTI | Patna | Updated: November 2, 2016 8:49 pm
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday dismissed speculations of the state moving back on the new liquor law and asserted that there is no question of “diluting” after advertisements of excise department appeared seeking public opinion on it. Kumar categorically said there was no question of going back on prohibition or “diluting” the liquor law. “Prohibition has been enforced and will continue with all strength,” he said. His remarks came in the wake of excise department’s advertisment in newspapers seeking opinion of the public, particularly that of critics of the new Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 notified on October 2. Kumar said the government has invited suggestions till November 12 as to how to make the liquor law “non-draconian and non-Talibani”.

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“People will be invited on November 14 for suggestions which I myself will hear,” he said.

Kumar had gone to Delhi yesterday to discuss the appeal filed by Bihar government in Supreme Court against quashing of the Prohibition of Liquor Act by Patna High Court with senior lawyer Gopal Subramaniam. He said he had discussed every aspect of the anti-alcohol law with him.

“Gopal Subramanium has fully supported prohibition and is arguing for the state in Supreme Court at a token fee of Re 1 only. I had talks with him over telephone and I decided to meet him and discuss every aspect of the Excise Act with him,” Kumar told reporters.

Principal Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and Principal Secretary to Home and Excise Department Amir Subhani had accompanied him, the chief minister said.

The Bihar Chief Minister said a study on social and economic dimensions of prohibition is being conducted.

Referring to allegations that he has no other work than prohibition, he said his Grand Secular Alliance government in the state had launched ‘seven resolves’ which started “20-25 new schemes for welfare of people”. Kumar launched a skill development scheme for youths to provide them better prospects in jobs. A total of 74 courses have been decided for sharpening skills of youths and would be implemented by different departments, he added.

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  1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
    Nov 2, 2016 at 10:56 pm
    He does not know that the people are waiting for his exit day since his b of prohibtion has brought misery to the Bihar people rather than cheer. Indicriminate arresting on suion for violation has made people regret for electing him. They would have been happy with the Lalu b of rule since nothing new this person has done during the past 2years of rule. Jai HInd.
    1. M
      Nov 2, 2016 at 5:03 pm
      JAI HO Nitish kumar Ji to become PM of India after 2019 AD.
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        Niladrinath Mohanty
        Nov 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm
        I am 100% with Nitish Kumar on the matter of prohibition. One byproduct will be reduction in corruption.
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          K P
          Nov 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm
          We may not agree with Justice Katju's proposal for handing over Bihar to stan. Bihar once a land of Buddha, Rajendra Prasad and host of others eminent persons has turned into Waziristan of India. . A convicted fodder scam politician ruling the roost, a politician without,. a national stature aspiring to replace Modi. Bihar is notorious for evolution of caste oriented politics in India and right now we are witnessing scientific evolution on large scale of boot legging and credit goes to present CM of Bihar who apart from being a prominent caste leader is also day dreaming to replace redoubtable Modi as PM. Complete prohibition cannot succeed. Consuming alcohol is the greatest social evil and it cannot be completely eliminated simply I repeat again it is the greatest social evil. Unable to tame the fodder scam politician without whom support the champion of total prohibition cannot survive politically,the CM has embarked upon a plan in which only the poor are bound to meet horrifying death. Gujarat is the largest exporter of liquor from Maharashtra but Bihar is going to import whisky and ,rum for affluent from Nepal,Jharkhand and West Bengal. but poor will have to depend upon Bootlegging and in the process they are going to suffer. With the introduction of prohibition new area of corruption has been carved out for petty excise officials ,Police in Bihar is the most corrupt in India and most of these incompetent jokers ( Policemen) cannot perform their duties properly. leave aside efficiently. If bootlegging umes the shape of a well established industries in Bihar than with the help of corrupt politicians ,the industry will soon become well organised. Bihar lags behind in industrial activities and rest ured no investment is coming to Waziristan of India. Where murder of innocent is treated as streed play and raping helpless women is the prerogative of law makers and politicians of different political parties than we have to think seriously the philosophy behind Justice Katju's remark about Bihar. .