The ground reality was something else. The people of rural areas and those who are unable to leave drinking habits, they were consuming liquor, surgical spirits in an illegal way.
After seeing the pressure of his colleagues and the socio-political impact of two years of full prohibition in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar decided to abolish some stringent provisions of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. The amendment in the law took place on the recommendations of the Expert Committee and the justification passed by the Law Department was passed by the Cabinet. Now the amendment will be presented in the monsoon session of the Bihar Assembly and will then be sent to the Governor.
The clear message is that the government realized that even though there was a ‘stable revolution’ in the rural areas with taboos, the same society had adverse and negative effects. The stringent provisions of this Act were called ‘Behram’ by BJP. BJP was not a coalition partner when the act was passed in April 2016. The Nitish Kumar government realized that it is time to relieve people a few months before the Lok Sabha elections.
More than 1.15 lakh people were arrested for the violation of the law and most of them were from about 90 percent of the Dalit and extremely backward classes. The former chief minister and the Mahadalit leader, Jeetan Ram Manjhi, have given it a law to disturb the poor. They demanded a complete change in the government’s act by accusing them of using the law against the poor. JD (U) Secretary General K.C. Tyagi also admitted that the number of accused of weaker sections was ‘a matter of concern’.
Nitish was proud of those women of this law supported him. He will say that this restriction has benefited the poor and made a big difference in rural society. There was peace and people were spending their money on buying things like homework, clothes, dessert, and milk. Some agencies correct the claims of the survey and the chief minister and the results came in favor of him.
Although the ground reality was somewhat different. The people of rural areas and those who could not afford to drink, they were consuming liquor, surgical spirits and illegal liquor with illegal means. The flow of liquor smuggling increased manifold from neighboring states and Nepal News of a seizure of smuggled alcohol was coming continuously. Sources said that only a few incidents were reported in those reports because only a few were caught and most of them were escaped. Sources said that even senior police officers were also involved in smuggling.
Former Chief Secretary VS Dubey said, “The prohibition has created a new generation of criminals, but it is impossible for any government to stop liquor smuggling and the ban with the parallel economy of illegal liquor cannot be considered successful.
In Jehanabad, the party’s defeat was mainly due to the ban on alcohol and the Dalits and the EBC, who violated the prohibition law. A Dalit legislator admitted that he is facing opposition in those villages.
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