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Governor favours complete ban on liquor across the state

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Jamshedpur, Aug. 2 : Governor Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday supported prohibition on liquor across the state. Murmu, who made a brief stopover at Circuit House in Jamshedpur on way to Ranchi while returning from her ancestral village (Uparbeda village in Kusumi block of Mayurbhanj district in neighbouring Odisha), speaking to reporters said the need of the hour is total prohibition on liquor across state.

“ I am in favour of total prohibition on liquor. It is really need of the hour across state. It is going to benefit health, improvement of education and overall development of the state, apart from law and order. However, it is for the state government to take a decision,” said Murmu.

Incidentally, Jharkhand government took over retail liquor trade across state from Tuesday with running around 210 liquor outlets under Jharkhand State Beverages Corporation. When questioned further, Murmu however admitted that government decision to cut down liquor shops from earlier 1000 to nearly 210 was a step towards total prohibition.

“ I welcome the decision and feel that the cutting down on liquor shops and other such steps like restriction on sale to an individual are a step towards total prohibition on liquor ,” said Murmu.

In the steel city alone there were 98 Indian Make Foreign Liquor (IMFL) licensed shops, 51 country-made liqour shop and 15 spicy liquor shops. Notably, the steel city has a history of manufacturing of duplicate liquor as the district police had in the past busted several rackets of duplicate liquor manufacturing units, especially from the localities like Bagbera, Jugsalai and Kadma.

While talking to the reporters here, said: “Our state is equally affected from the liquor menace with families falling prey due to addiction. We need to educate the people and Government can take steps in this regard”.

It may be mentioned the consumption of alcohol is also a part of rituals and ceremonies in tribal communities of Jharkhand, which make up nearly 28% of the state’s total population of 3.5 crore as per the 2011 census.

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