What the new Bihar Prohibition and Excise bill, 2016, says


  • Published 2.08.16
Chief minister Nitish Kumar arrives in the Assembly on Monday


* Manufacturing, bottling, distribution, transportation, accumulation, possession, purchase, sale or consumption of any type of liquor, intoxicating substance, or contraband item

* Bhang

* No new licence for distillery, brewery or bottling plant in state

* Transportation of liquor or any intoxicant through state can be regulated

* Possession of spirits

* Medicines with alcoholic substance



* Toddy

* Existing distilleries, breweries & bottling plants


Crime & Punishment

* Jail from 10 years to life imprisonment for consuming alcohol or contraband substance

* Family members above age of 18 will be held guilty if law is violated at home

* Head or in-charge of company & all responsible persons will be held guilty if any employee flouts prohibition within company premises

(Exception for companies in which central or state govts hold majority stake)

* Any excise or police official in the rank of sub-inspector or above can enter any premises at any time without warrant to inspect, search and collect samples

* Any person found violating or trying to violate prohibition could be arrested without warrant

* Special courts to try prohibition offences

* Anyone storing utensils or apparatus used for making liquor

* Failure to inform police about consumption or sale of liquor to attract 10-year jail term

* Jail term of 5 to 7 years for anyone found in intoxicated state due to use of liquor, drugs or medicines

* Media houses, movies, social platforms to face prison term of up to five years for directly or indirectly advertising liquor or any intoxicant

* 10 years' jail for anyone who obstructs police or excise official from enforcing law

* House owners who let out premises or buildings in which prohibition is violated will be held guilty and sentenced to prison term of same duration as violator

* If any excise or police official harasses anyone without any valid reason, they will be jailed for up to three years and also lose their jobs

* District magistrates can impose collective fines on villages, towns or community if repeated violations of prohibition occur

* Habitual offenders could be expelled from a district or a part of it

Compiled by Dev Raj