CM Credits Women for Changing his Mind on Alcohol Sale in Bihar

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a function in Bhagalpur on Tuesday, credited the women of Bihar for persuading him to impose total prohibition in the state.

Nitish Kumar addressing a crowd of women in Bhagalpur on Tuesday.Nitish Kumar addressing a crowd of women in Bhagalpur on Tuesday."It is you who forced me to rethink my position on the sale of alcohol in Bihar. Today women are much better off than they were just a few weeks ago," he said at the 'Jeevika' function to honor women who broke the social norms and picked up a vocation to support their family.

Continuing to talk about the success of prohibition in the state despite it having been implemented only 26 days ago, Kumar said that any police officer who refuses to implement prohibition laws in Bihar would be barred from being posted in any police station for a period of ten years.

The Chief Minister, however, chose to remain silent on the latest controversy to hit his government involving Congress legislator Vinay Verma who, in a sting operation, was found drinking alcoholic beverages in spite of the tough laws against the law breakers.

Painting a rosy picture of rural women in Bihar, Kumar said that today, women, who earlier hid their faces behind 'ghunghat', were coming forward to attain education and seek job to support their families.

"Women in Bihar are increasingly coming out of their homes and picking a vocation for their families. The state government has launched a number of schemes to help these talented women under the Rural Livelihood Project 'Jeevika' - a program being copied by many other states. With the help of our women, Bihar can achieve heights previously believed to be unattainable," the Chief Minister said.

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