Two days after Patna High Court banned prohibition on liquor in Bihar, the state government has come up with a new law banning liquor with more harsh provisions.
PTI reported that the government notified the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 to ensure that the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol including Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) as well spiced and domestic liquor continued in the state.
The new law has some more stringent provisions like increased duration of imprisonment, amount of fine hiked, arrest of all adults in case of recovery of liquor bottle amongst others.
Further, a collective fine would be placed in case of habitual violation of prohibition.
At a special Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other members took the pledge to continue with prohibition which is ‘ushering positive social change’.
The CM told reporters that the new liquor law would be a real tribute to the Father of the Nation when the state is readying to observe the centenary celebration of Gandhiji’s Champaran Satyagraha against British rule from the state in early 2017. The new Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 after approval from both Houses of state Legislatures on August 4, got the consent of Governor Ram Nath Kovind on September 7 last. The CM told reporters that after receiving the approval from Governor, the state Cabinet had in its meeting on September 14 last gave it a nod for notification from October 2.