On the eve of the birthday of eminent entrepreneur, Verghese Kurien on 26th November a CM in 2015 who have been already decorated as one of the important figure in an already troubled state dared to ban something which have been almost a part and parcel of its inhabitants. If Verghese Kurien was responsible for the Operation Flood, Mr. Nitish Kumar tried to have an operation of his dear homeland; Bihar by announcing a complete liquor ban from the 1st April 2015. He was almost clear in his thought-process when he have initiated this highly-controversial step which was going to be in the long-term benefits of its citizens.
He was very firm in approach as he was crystal clear about:
The ill-effects of liquor
The firm foothold of poverty in Bihar
The rising graph of crime just because of liquor
The importance in spreading communal harmony after ban
Undoubtedly he remained firm on his decision as he declared total ban on all type of liquors from 5th April 2016 which included:
Liquor of all national and international brands
Liquor in pouches
Taadi (A form of liquor extracted from date and palms tress)
Even though it should be a welcome move from the general public which got a half-hearted lukewarm response from the women as he have to face obstacles from each and every corner of the society which comprised of:
Protests from general public
PIL in against of liquor ban
Condemned words from opposition (Ex-CM Jeetan Ram Manjhi called it a April’s Fool Joke)
HC Patna termed section 76(2) of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act as unconstitutional
Even this ban should have been more than welcoming which should have been embraced by the general public with open hands but it didn’t got such a warm response. Still the various media houses claims that the crime has inadvertently rose after the ban which was quite contrary to the general waves in the common masses. Not only the standard of living improved but also the various road accidents and eve-teasing got a gradual halt after the ban. Even after such a welcoming attempt and a period of almost three years the daring feat of Nitish Kumar do not seem to achieve its’ objective.
Then a million-dollar question arises what are the policy faults which has not led it to be successful? Even after such a high degree of monetary fine and arrests where those policies went wrong that still we are in the midway of a labyrinth? More than 40,000 people were arrested in the initial phase but do these policies also have something in the bank for these shrinks who claim that more than 9,00,000 litres of alcohol have been consumed by rats. What an irony? The persons who have been handled the responsibility have dipped themselves in the ocean of alcohol? Even the policemen were found on a different horizon when there was a surprise investigation by the decorated officer Manu Maharaj.
What could be the measures and policies which would pave the dream of a dry state? Instead of giving immense power to these policemen don’t the government feel an urge to:
Have a check and balance on policemen
Weave a net for the big sharks
Raise an awareness among the youths
Put an instant halt to the blackmarkets
Surprise raids not only in big hotels but also line hotels and parties
Organising campaigns for educating about the ill-effects of liquor
Rewarding the youths and old alike who have got themselves rid of liquor
Then only we can dream of a prosperous and a dry state in true sense!