No license for liquor manufacturing units next fiscal: Nitish Kumar

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Munger/patna | Updated: January 18, 2017 6:24:56 PM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has today stepped up campaigns for the total alcohol ban in the state and said that no license will be given to any liquor making unit from the next financial year.

no new license will be provided to any liquor manufacturing unit in the state from April 1 this year.No new license will be provided to any liquor manufacturing unit in the state from April 1 this year.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has today stepped up campaigns for the total alcohol ban in the state and said that no license will be given to any liquor making unit from the next financial year. The move has come days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praise on the Bihar chief minister and called it a courageous step. During a function earlier this month, where both leaders shared the dais, the prime minister said that the step can not only save coming generations but but can also act as an inspiration for other states.

Addressing a ‘Chetna Sabha’ in Munger district of Bihar, he said that the license of existing units would not be renewed in the this fiscal and no new license will be granted to any liquor manufacturing unit in the state from April 1 this year. He added that the decision was taken as per provisions of the Excise Act, 2016. The chief minister also said that his cabinet at its meeting at Rajgir decided not to renew the licence of beer manufacturing units as also Extra Neutral Alcohol manufacturing units in the next financial year.

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Companies or units facing closure includes big names like United Breweries Limited, Carlsberg India Limited, Molson Coors Cobra India Ltd, and United Spirits Limited at Hathidah in Patna district, located at other places in the state. The six units which are manufacturing ethanol would remain as the substance is used for mixing with petrol and is environment friendly, the chief minister added.

As per Brajesh Mehrotra, principal secretary to cabinet coordination department, if he units whose license would not be renewed decide to manufacture non-alcoholic products in their establishments, they would be given permission.

(With PTI inputs)

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