The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, and the amendments are set to be tabled during the monsoon session. Over 1.4 lakh people have been booked under the liquor law ever since it was implemented in April 2016.
The delegation from Chhattisgarh were briefed on the prohibition experience by former Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, who has been appointed as Advisor, Policy and Programme Implementation, upon his retirement.
Prohibition In Bihar: After quotas in local body polls, bicycles for schoolgirls, prohibition was his idea for carving out a new political constituency of women. Two years on, it has paid off: more women vote than men in Bihar.
It can be seen on the faces of women in hundreds of villages across the state, like Manjhiyama in Arwal district, where the alcohol ban has meant more money in households, new houses and a better life.
Leader of Opposition, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, described the liquor law as “a tool to harass the poor”. Mahadalit leader and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi alleged that “the numbers show the real truth about the law”.
Prohibition in Bihar: Police and excise officials say most of the liquor that enters Bihar illegally comes from across the India-Nepal border through Motihari, and from West Bengal (via Katihar), UP (via Gopalganj) and Jharkhand (via Gaya).
Nitish Kumar’s prohibition policy is visiting pain on those it was supposed to help — the poorest and most disempowered.
Under sections 29 to 41 of the Bihar Excise and Prohibition Act, which came into force on April 6, 2016, consuming, storing, selling and manufacturing liquor are non-bailable offences.