Anti-liquor campaign in Bihar gains momentum

Anti-liquor campaign gains momentum throughout the state following the staging of series of dramas and folk songs both based on the them at the panchayat level which will continue for another three months. The complete ban of sale, production and consumption of country-made liquor/spiced will be enforced throughout the state from April 1.
In addition, anti-liquor slogans will also be written on walls across the state. The slogans have been developed by the children of ‘Kilkari’, an NGO established by the education department in 2008. It provides healthy, tension free and enjoyable environment for children from 9 to 16 years old.

According to the interest of the children, they are trained and for the presentation, several platforms are provided. So, that they can have all round development.
Each ‘kala Jattha’ will generate awareness about anti-liquor campaign in three panchayats through enacting dramas and songs. All the thematic dramas and songs have been developed by the local artists and cultural activists of Bihar.
School children studying in all the government schools along with their parents will have to take a pledge in writing about no alcohol consumption. The concerned district education officials have been entrusted to coordinate with each school.
“CM’s appeal will also popularise about anti-liquor campaign right from panchayat-level to the district-level for generating awareness about the ill-effects of alcohol,” said state chief secretary Anjani K Singh.
Talking to TOI on Sunday, Singh said: “We have to any how make this task cent percent successful. All the commercial composite check posts will have fool proof system. As many as 500 SAP jawans would be deployed which would be directly under control of excise department.”
“We will introduce mobile check post on wheels for conducting random checks at any point of time on the pattern of Delhi. Under this system, the mobile check-up will move as per the tips from the concerned officials and put a blockade on the road for random checking of suspected vehicles,” Singh told TOI.
Police stations have been asked to keep extra vigil on the illegal transport of country made liquor. SAP jawans have been put up as a back up in additional to police force.

Recently, Bihar government has announced new excise policy which will be effective from April 1. Under the new excise policy, the Bihar State Beverage Corporation Limited (BSBCL) will own the limited number of IMFL shops in the state.

Currently, there are 656 shops of IMFL in urban areas. In the first phase beginning from April 1, the government will put a ban on the country-made/spiced liquor. The government has decided to restrict the sale and consumption of IMFL in the areas under municipalities and municipal corporations.

Bihar State Beverage Corporation Limited will control all such composite checkposts and the vehicles carrying IMFL. Respective DMs and SPs have been directed to ensure availability of additional police force to the excise department in enforcing the ban from April 1. According to sources, the workforce in the Beltron and retired personnel would be put on deputation.