Nitish for all-India liquor ban
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Nitish for all-India liquor ban

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The Bihar Chief Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, on Sunday pitched for a nation-wide ban on alcohol. He said that the ban was necessary from social, religious and scientific points of view and that liquor, just like any other social evil like dowry or child marriage, becomes a hurdle in the development of the country.

He was quoted saying, 'In Bihar, we are committed to ensure the policy of ‘development with justice’. We are not going to compromise on this policy at any cost. But I strongly feel that unless the society is made free of the social evils like liquor, dowry and child marriage; poor people will not get the benefits of development.'

He also said that there was no adverse impact on the state government’s revenue due to the ban on liquor. His statement came while addressing a national convention on 'Liquor-free India' at ISKCON Auditorium in Delhi. Further expressing pride about Bihar’s decision of banning alcohol, he said that the state has emerged as a role model and that delegations from various states have been visiting Bihar to study the prohibition policy.

'Separate study teams of the excise department and other institutions from Karnataka came to Bihar in 2017, from Chhattisgarh in 2018 and Rajasthan in December 2019. These study teams visited different parts of Bihar and closely monitored implementation of the liquor ban at the grass-root level. These visiting teams appreciated all the efforts taken by the Bihar government for effective ban on sale and consumption of liquor. It led to a rise in demand for liquor ban in different parts of the country,'Mr. Kumar said.

'Taking a cue from Bihar, people have started raising demand for ban on liquor in different states,' he said.'In Bihar, we are committed to ensure the policy of ‘development with justice’. We are not going to compromise on this policy at any cost. But I strongly feel that unless the society is made free of the social evils like liquor, dowry and child marriage; poor people will not get the benefits of development.”

While citing the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO) to back the ban initiated by his government, he said that around 30 lakh people died because of harmful use of alcohol globally in 2016. It was 5.3% of all deaths in the world that year. He further said that alcohol is responsible for his early death.

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