Liqour Ban in Bihar

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Pratikshit Gupta, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Bihar is now one of the very few Indian states, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, that have a total ban on alcohol.

Tuesday’s complete prohibition followed an earlier partial bar on intoxicating beverages in the state.  The local government in Bihar last week announced a ban on locally-brewed liquor that has in the past been blamed for many alcohol-related deaths and illnesses. It said then it would extend the ban on other forms of alcohol in a phased manner.

However, the government moved to a total ban a week after the first ban took effect April 1, saying it had public support.

Alcoholism, mostly among men, is blamed for domestic violence and deprivation in rural and poor households in India. The prohibition of alcoholic drinks was one of the promises Mr. Kumar made to the state’s women voters during the assembly election there last year.

The only places exempt from the ban are army canteens, Chief Minister Kumar said. Beverage factories in the state can continue to operate but can’t sell alcohol in Bihar, he added.

Addressing concerns about the loss of much-needed tax revenue that was collected from the sale of alcohol in one of India’s poorest states, Mr. Kumar said that people would spend the money– which they would have otherwise spent on alcohol–on education, health, nutrition and betterment of the quality of their lives.

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