As many as 1,311 women from Wahal, Morawe, Jawale and Bamandongri voted to levy a ban on liquor that will effectively shut down a private restaurant-cum-bar and two other liquor shops in the area.
With toddy exempted from the new liquor ban in Bihar, Lali Choudhary says any effort to stop the sale of palm wine would be “tampering with nature”
The amended liquor law has the provision of death sentence for manufacturers and suppliers in the event of a hooch tragedy.
The biggest challenge comes from policing, with amended law laying stringent provisions making most offences non-bailable. This means that one wouldn’t get bail from police stations from drinking offences.
Campaign began on Republic Day this year when women raised demand at gram sabha meeting.
The state govt is not going to ban liquor as it would have major financial implications on revenue earning.
Villagers, especially women, said they were facing financial hardship and harassment because of massive sale and consumption of liquor in their villages.
Supporting the JD(U) demand, PCC spokesman Ajay Rai said the state government should keep a watch on labels to check illegally inscribed rates on liquor bottles.
“We cannot ban liquor, sambhav he nahi hai, we can only alter its consumption,” said Rajendra Rathore.
Perumal’s family has refused to accept his body, demanding the closure of all liquor shops near schools and temples.
Nestle India’s senior counsel Iqbal Chagla, who concurred with the court’s view, said that no alcohol in the country has received product approval from the food safety regulator.
Liquor bans have never worked. Why must Bihar reinvent the wheel?
The CM’s proposal comes exactly a year after neighbouring Mizoram lifted its ban on sale of liquor in July 2014.
‘Students are wasting their youth and the state has a duty to protect them,’ said Kapil Sibal.
Beer and wine parlours were allowed in the closed 418 bars to address the loss of jobs and cushion.