Sticking to his promise made prior to the Bihar assembly polls, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced that liquor will be banned in Bihar from April 1 next year.
The step is being seen as an attempt to woo women electorates who become inevitable victim of domestic violence owing to high consumption of liquor across the state.
"In 1977-78 we tried to impose ban on liquor but it was not effective. But I feel women are suffering more than others due to escalating consumption of liquor in the state. I have instructed my officials to start working towards this and implement this from the next financial year," Mr Kumar said at a function.
Mr Kumar had drawn ire from women at a function, who shouted slogans against increasing liquor addiction across the state. The Chief Minister had then assured them that if he returned to power, he would ban alcohol. "These women are correct about alcohol. If I come to power, I will have it stopped," he was quoted as saying.
The ban on liquor across the state from April 1 would cost about Rs 3,500 crore to the exchequer which was seen a big source of revenue generation for the state.