Brace for Hooch Deaths in Bi­har

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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.

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