Raipur, April 12: Following the lead of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh announced yesterday that his government would soon implement alcohol ban in the state. The prohibition would be put in a phased manner. This week Madhya Pradesh PM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also announced phased ban on liquor.
The decision may be influenced by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who can be considered as the leader of this liquor ban movement. Raman Singh is now on a two-day tour of Bihar and met Nitish Kumar at his residence.After his meeting with Bihar CM, he announced the decision in Bihar’s Munger. "I had very good conversation with Nitish Kumar in Munger and have decided to impose a liquor ban in villages with a population of 3,000 and more," Singh said.
People from states have raised the question about the financial relevance of the decision.MP may lose a large amount of revenue like Bihar. Bihar CM has argued that the ban is for a social cause.MP has witnessed many anti-liquor rallies, picketing of liquor vends.
Bihar and Gujrat are the only states in India which have a complete liquor ban in the states. Chhattisgarh is the second state to impose phased liquor prohibition in the country after MP. Several other states are also facing the demand to ban liquor. Activist Medha Patkar will have a meeting at Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur to demand a ban on liquor in Maharashtra.
The Supreme Court’s recent order to ban the sale of liquor on national and state highways has provoked shifting of liquor vends into the villages and residential areas in the locality. Many villages are facing protests from residents against this situation.