Full Prohibition on Toddy from Next Year: CM

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking in Muzaffarpur on Saturday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is on an unofficial statewide 'yatra' to seek women's approval of his decision to impose total prohibition in Bihar nearly two months ago, at a Jeevika rally in Muzaffarpur on Saturday, assured them that total ban on toddy would be imposed from next year thus making Bihar a truly dry state.

Claiming serious decline in crime since the imposition of prohibition in Bihar, Kumar said that though many restrictions had been put on the sale and consumption of toddy in Bihar, come 2017, it would be banned completely to turn Bihar into a true dry state.

The Chief Minister, who had to reverse his decision to impose total ban on toddy earlier due to pressure from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, an ally; and other leaders like former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, said that the state government had reached an agreement with the Tamil Nadu government where pre-fermented toddy, more popularly known as 'Neera', would be used to make different drinks and other edible items as has been done in the South for over quarter of a century.

"Once this scheme is put in place, it would generate thousands of jobs for women in Bihar," he said.

Despite claims of sharp increase in crime in Bihar including kidnappings and murders, Kumar said murder was down by 39% since the imposition of prohibition in the state and rape had declined by 30%. Also robbery was down by 25% and other crimes were on decline by 24%, he said.

RJD leader and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, Congress leader Ashok Chowdhary, Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui and several of Kumar's top aides were also present on the occasion.


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