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Bihar lawmakers vow not to drink as House passes bill to ban sale and consumption of liquor

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PATNA: The new excise amendment bill, 2016 was today unanimously passed from the Bihar assembly paving the way for a total ban on sale and consumption of liquor in the state from April 1.

Under the new law, death penalty will be awarded to people found guilty of causing deaths by way of selling spurious liquor, 10-year jail term to people caught drinking in public or creating nuisance even at home under the impact of liquor, 10-year jail term to those found involved in illegal liquor trade, five-seven year jail term to those found forcing the children to drink to get maximum work and seven year jail term to those engaging women and children in liquor business.

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The ban will be implemented in phases. First the government will enforce total ban on sale of country-made liquor before the same gets applied with the foreign liquor as well.

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Joining the historic moment, the lawmakers also took a pledge never to drink and not even allowing others to drink. The lawmakers took this vow responding to appeals from chief minister Nitish Kumar to set an example for the society through this act.

“Charity begins at home. We will have the moral authority to talk about liquor ban if we all sitting here take a pledge never to drink,” Kumar appealed to the lawmakers. Subsequently, all the lawmakers rose from their seats and promised not to touch liquor.

Coming out of the House, the lawmakers held a “lassi” pouches in their hands and sipped them in public as a symbolic gesture. “From now on, we will have pouches of ‘lassi’, not liquor,” remarked BJP lawmaker Sanjay Mayukh.

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