With a partial ban on liquor coming into force in Bihar from Friday, thousands of ‘desi’ liquor shops in villages across the state will go 'dry'.
However, Indian-made foreign liquor will be available in urban areas at government-run shops.
Unlike urban areas, liquor ban has come into effect in entire rural Bihar as shops of country-made liquor in 45,000 villages closed down last night.
State government has banned country-made and spiced liquor, which had high consumption in rural areas. The Indian-made foreign liquor will be available for sale at government-run shops in urban areas.
Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan said in Patna that the number of liquor shops has reduced fin the state in the wake of liquor ban coming into force from April 1.
Government has made arrangements to implement a total ban on sale of country-made liquor and concerned enforcing agencies would act tough against those violating it, he added.