Bihar imposes complete ban on liquor, becomes 4th Indian ‘dry’ state
Today, Bihar becomes the 4th state in the country to impose a complete ban on sale and consumption of liquor. The other three states where alcohol sale is banned are Gujarat, Nagaland and Mizoram.
Nitish Kumar led State Government had earlier imposed a partial ban from April 1.
But, four days after the partial ban, the Government decided extend the ban on India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) after a Cabinet meeting.
In response to the ban, Nitish Kumar said, “The tremendous response of people particularly women and children against liquor in Patna and other towns in a short period of four days only convinced us that a conducive environment against alcohol has been created in the state and that’s why we decided to go for total ban on liquor after four days only.”
Post the ban, no license will be granted for sale and consumption of alcohol in hotels, clubs and bars. However, Army cantonment areas would not be subject to the ban.
The state will also allow liquor manufacturing companies to continue operations in the state.