Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s prohibition policy has been immensely successful in the state. The policy has also positively affected the lives of millions of poor and middle-class residents of the state.
The positive effects of the ban on sale and purchase of liquor in the state can be judged from the fact that nearly 12 million parents of schoolchildren have pledged not to consume alcohol since the official imposition of complete prohibition in the state on April 5, 2016.
According to a report in Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar, 1.19 crore (11.9 million) parents of schoolchildren have pledged not to consume alcohol since April 5, 2016. This is a massive thumbs-up to Kumar’s revolutionary move.
Apart from the pledge taken by the parents, house-to-house campaigns in about 48,000 colonies of the state were carried out since April 5 to motivate people against liquor consumption, according to the report.
The state government has also taken several other initiatives to make the prohibition effective. These included the strengthening of the new product policy which was made effective from October 2. The state government is now planning to start a new awareness campaign against liquor from January 21, 2017.
The prohibition in Bihar has also strengthened Kumar’s credentials as a “clean” politician, especially after he joined hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Party and the Congress for the Assembly elections in the state last year. Yadav is infamous for being involved in several scams. He has also been convicted and sent to jail several times.
At present, Kumar has openly supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move. According to reports, demonetisation has led to a fall in sale of illegal liquor in Bihar.