Even after almost five years of prohibition in Bihar, the easy availability of alcohol is not the only problem facing the state government. Rather, despite the liquor ban, deaths from poisonous liquor have also remained a major challenge for the Bihar government.
Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar
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In recent days, the death toll from drinking spurious liquor in Bihar has risen to 33. When there was much uproar on this issue, Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called a high-level meeting and reviewed the matter. Nitish Kumar ordered officials to crack down on recent spurious liquor incidents. But the question is that when the liquor ban is in effect in Bihar, why has this process of drinking and drinking not stopped?
Is the liquor ban exposed under the Nitish Kumar government? Opposition leaders and social organizations believe that contrary to the government’s claims, the fundamental reality of the ban is different. In February this year, Government Minister Mukesh Sahni raised questions about this law, saying that despite the annual loss of 7 thousand crore rupees in Bihar, the prohibition law is not being strictly enforced.
However, social commentators take a different view of this and believe that nowhere in the world have such strict prohibition laws been achieved. The habit of drinking alcohol can only be stopped, but cannot be stopped by law. The Bihar government is not taking this problem as a social problem, so people are forced to drink spurious and spurious liquor.
Since when is the ban in force?
During the 2015 assembly elections in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had promised women that a ban on alcoholic beverages would be implemented in the state. One of his goals was to prevent domestic violence, which has often been associated with drinking. After winning the elections and becoming the prime minister for the third time in a row, Kumar kept the promise made to women and on April 1, 2016, a ban on alcoholic beverages was implemented in Bihar under the Prohibition Act and Bihar Excise Tax.
Violation of the law is punishable by a fine of at least Rs 50,000 for up to 10 years. Bihar reportedly earned Rs 4 billion each year from the collection of taxes on the sale of liquor. The state government had estimated this loss of revenue. The state government, in enacting the law, had said it would better manage finances and resources to compensate for it.