The CM, however, refused to state clearly whether prohibition would be only on country-made liquor or also on English brand.
The CM said that Excise and Prohibition department was preparing a detailed policy on the ban.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday once again expressed his government’s firm commitment to impose liquor ban from April 1 next year but did not spell clearly whether prohibition would only be on country made liquor or also include Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). “There is no confusion in the mind of the government. Liquor ban will come in Bihar from April 1, 2016,” Kumar told reporters.The CM, however, refused to state clearly whether prohibition would be only on country-made liquor or also on English brand. “Everything will be there in the new Liquor policy,” he said refusing to go into details. Kumar’s comment was sought on media reports quoting officials of Excise department that prohibition could only be on domestic liquor that was hitting hard the poor section of the society and not expensive foreign brand. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The reports highlighted that doing away with a revenue of nearly Rs 4,000 crore annually from liquor would not be easy in support of argument that ban would only be on domestic liquor. The CM said that Excise and Prohibition department was preparing a detailed policy which would come to him around the month of January next. “Much before April 1, 2016 after seeing every aspect which includes agreement with liquor companies, a policy would be announced,” he said. “Our commitment to implement prohibition from April 1, 2016 is firm and it will be implemented in every condition,” he said.
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Govt firmly commited to impose liquor ban in Bihar from April 2016: Nitish Kumar
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