No proposal for nationwide liquor prohibition: Government

No proposal for nationwide liquor prohibition: Government

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday that the central government at present has no proposal to impose liquor prohibition across the country.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir was replying to a supplementary by Janata Dal-United member Kaushelendra Kumar, who wanted to know whether the centre will emulate the steps taken by the Bihar government and bringing about liquor prohibition across the country.

The minister, however, agreed that ever since the prohibition was imposed in Bihar, the number of casualties due to consumption of hooch liquor has definitely declined.

“We have no proposal to impose countrywide prohibition. But this is essentially a state subject and so states have the liberty to impose prohibition laws according to their requirements. For instance, Gujarat state already has prohibition,” Ahir said.

The minister assured that once various state governments decide to bring in prohibition laws, the central government will extend cooperation to them.

Among others, Biju Janata Dal member from Sambhalpur, Nagendra Kumar Pradhan demanded prohibition in the country and recalled that prior to country’s independence even Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi had once said that his first priority would be liquor prohibition and then the liberation of the country.

“So we have the opinion of the Father of the nation in favour of the prohibition,” Pradhan said.

BJP member Kirit Solanki also expressed concerned on the dying number of people across the country due to consumption of hooch liquor.


  1. In the past, it was said that Nitesh Kumar is a good and capable politician compared to the Bihari lot and certainly far better than Laloo Prasad Yadav, the rustic buffoon. Sadly, in the world of politics, when a politician wants to hang onto politics at any cost, he obviously has to compromise his principles and himself and coddle with strange bed-fellows. However, this sends a strong message to astute folks and they can judge how sleazy are politicians.

    In the last polls, by allying with Laloo Prasad Yadav’s party, that is what he has exactly done. He has had to pander to this village clown and accommodate one of his sons as Deputy Chief Minister and I wonder how many of his relatives he was forced to accommodate.

    Instead of making quality, factory-made liquor available without any taxes and excise duties to render distillers of country-made liquor or moonshine stuff jobless, he has imposed prohibition. That is what greedy politicians and cops require to make monies by the bushels.

    In Goa, liquor is very cheap and still if a person does not want to buy it, he can distill feni at home for his and his family’s consumption. There is no “haftas” paid to police or police harassing common people and no draconian laws.

    In Goa, though it is the wettest state in the country and/or liquor is freely and cheaply available, one will never find a drunkard staggering or reeling on the road or fallen by the wayside.

  2. The development of any country or region is entirely dependent on its leaders’ and people’s calibre.

    In Bihar, both the leaders and people are tenth-rate and natturally this State will always remain backward and lawless. It is certainly India’s Wild West, followed by the adjoining State. Sadly, in many places in India there is dynastic politics in vogue. These dynastic families feel that it is their birth-right to rule and do not believe in democratic set-up their parties.

    If one were to go to Delhi, most of the cycle rickshaw pullers are Biharis and it is very sad to see them sleeping in the nights on the footpaths of the Old Delhi’s streets in their hundreds and thousands, especially in extreme winters. Their fate is thus, due to having highly corrupt leaders in their State, who have done nothing for their people in regards to health, education, jobs, eliminating corruption, streamlining politics and bureaucracy.

  3. Prohibition is really a stupid idea. It’s another way for our politicians to make more money. Alcohol, certain recreational drugs (like Ganja) and prostitution should be legal.

  4. Why no big plans to uproot prostitution which has engulfed more than 100 million women by forcing or luring them?
    In a world where human rights is such a big issue, how come induced abortions leading to more than 50 million loss of human embryos does not become a major cause of concern?

    The truth is that nothing can be a bigger crime against womanhood than their sexual services being commercialised for the sake of lascivious men.

    Jai hind

  5. Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession and it will be there for time immemorial. No doubt, religious fanatics and zealots want to banish prostitution, liquor, entertainment, education, but follow centuries-old laws and rites which have no place in today’s world by justifying that it is mentioned in the book and all these things are ferociously backed by their priests, who lack exposure to the developments taking place in advanced economies and the world.

    Saudis are deprived basic pleasures of life in their country and, therefore, they go everywhere and act in an erratic way. In Bahrain, they drink like a fish, smoke like chimneys, indulge in extra-curricular activities which they are deprived in their country; in Egypt they indulge in undesirable activities; the members of the royal family go to Pakistan, bribe their pliant politicians and bureaucrats (for whom it is baksheesh) to have fun and frolic and hunt the Great Indian Bustard, which is an endangered species. The same bird is well protected by the local people in Rajasthan’s Thar desert.

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