Brace for Hooch Deaths in Bihar
So now Bihar is in the same position as was Maharashtra (also its earlier avatar, the state of Bombay), a totally dry state, decades ago. Over the years, when tragedy after tragedy claiming a few hundred lives due to the consumption of spurious liquor started unfolding, the successive state governments of the western state were forced to undertake a serious review of the policy of total prohibition.
Gradually, the ban on somras was relaxed in a phased manner in Maharashtra, leading to a drastic fall in the death rate due to hooch drinking, as well as in related crimes. It is hoped that Bihar will prove to be the first state to show to the nation as to how this social welfare measure can be successfully implemented.