Prohibition will Fire up Bihar's Economy; Says Nitish

Nitish Kumar speaking at a Bengali function in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: The unofficial 'Prohibition Justification Yatra' of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar continued on Sunday when the newly-elected President of the Janata Dal – U took a new approach to rationalize his decision to impose total prohibition in Bihar saying it would in fact improve Bihar's economy in the long run.

Speaking at the Platinum Jubilee celebration of the Bengali Association of Bihar at the A. N. Sinha Institute, the Chief Minister said that since the people of Bihar would not be spending their hard-earned money on liquor and booze, they would now use that money to buy consumer goods for their family members.

"On an average, people would be spending anywhere between Rs. 15,000 crore to Rs. 20,000 crore each year in consumer market. This would prove to be very good for Bihar's economy," he said.

Confident that the estimated loss of roughly Rs. 5,000 crore annually directly due to prohibition would be made up easily by a surge in the sale of consumer goods, Kumar said that unlike previous administrations, he decided to implement full ban on sale and consumption of alcohol beverages after conducting a thorough study of the subject and its implications in the long run.

"People from all walks of life were telling me to impose prohibition in Bihar. I did that after we carried out a full study on the topic and only then decided that despite initial financial loss, it would be made up by a spike in the sale of consumer items in the state," the Chief Minister said.

Kumar said that he would encourage other states to impose ban on alcohol as well in the coming days.

"Bihar will be a shining example for others states that may also be considering imposing prohibition," he said.

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