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Motihari, Dec 22 : Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday launched social reforms campaign from East Champaran district of Bihar and exhorted people, particularly women, to make efforts to eradicate social evils like child marriage, dowry and all sorts of addictions including liquor consumption, saying development has no meaning without social reforms.
Mr Kumar while launching massive social reforms statewide campaign from Motihari, which would
continue till January 15 , with its culmination in Patna, said that liquor ban was enforced in Bihar on demand from women in July 2015 during a function in Patna.
Bihar assembly election was four months away when demand was made and he had assured them that liquor consumption across the state would be banned if voted to power after assembly elections, he added.
” After getting fresh term to serve the people, I had announced on November 26, 2016 that liquor ban would be imposed across the state”, the Chief Minister said adding that country liquor was banned with effect from April 01, 2015 and foreign liquor was to be sold in urban areas only but on protests against sale of foreign liquor, Bihar was declared a complete dry state on April 05.
‘ Women had more responsibility to co-operate with government in enforcing liquor ban as this historic step was taken on their demands,’ he further added.
Mr Kumar said that incidents of of domestic violence had decreased remarkably after liquor ban was enforced in the state. Those who used to return from office in drunken state, were now coming to their houses after purchasing essentials like vegetables and fruits, he said adding that liquor ban had definitely changed the atmosphere in their homes.
He said that strict instruction was issued to officials for enforcing liquor ban strictly. Referring to upright IAS officer K K Pathak, he said that Mr Pathak was given the responsibility to enforce liquor ban when it was imposed in Bihar five years back. Mr Pathak had again been given responsibility to
strictly enforce liquor ban as he had been made the Additional Chief Secretary of Excise and Prohibition and Registration department, he stressed.