Facing backlash on prohibition, Bihar set to water down its harsh provisions

Written by Santosh Singh
| Patna |
Updated: July 12, 2018 5:03:52 am

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

UNDER FIRE over alleged misuse of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, the state government on Tuesday cleared amendments to the law which will dilute some of its stringent provisions.

Sources told The Indian Express that at least five provisions under the law could be watered down, including those related to arrest of first-time offenders, “arrest of all adults” of a family, and seizure of house/ vehicle where liquor is recovered.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, and the amendments are set to be tabled during the monsoon session.

“The cabinet has given its nod to the proposal for amendments in the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016,” said Principal Secretary Arun Kumar Singh. He, however, did not…

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