Patna, July 23: The Bihar Assembly has passed new liquor bill in the monsoon session of the state assembly. The government had gathered feedback before deciding to amend the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "Liquor ban was introduced for the poor people. they were wasting a major part of their income on buying alcohol. Domestic violence was high. I did this for the betterment of poor."
On new liquor bill, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said, "Such an amendment in the liquor law is a discount for the rich. Instead of a fine of Rs.50,000, the affluent class will give just Rs. 5000 and get alcohol."
The liquor ban was enforced in Bihar in April 2016.
Earlier, both the owner and occupant of a property or vehicle, from which liquor was seized, were liable to be punished. The amendments proposed shifting the onus primarily on the occupant. Bihar had enforced a ban on sale, possession, consumption and transportation of liquor in the state on April 2016, drawing flak from certain parties.
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