Liquor to become costly in Bihar

Liquor will become dearer in Bihar with the state government today deciding to increase excise duty upto Rs 5 per litre.

The decision to increase duty on India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination, Deepak Kumar told reporters here that the excise duty on general beer has been increased to Rs 15 per litre against Rs 10 earlier.

The duty on strong beer would now be Rs 15 against Rs 10 earlier, super strong beer Rs 20 per litre instead of Rs 18 and IMFL Rs 15 a litre as compared to Rs 10 earlier, he said.

The CM had said on numerous occasions that he favoured prohibition but it was not feasible.

He had suggested raising price of liquor to dissuade its excessive use by citizens.

The ministers gave their consent for creation of a new post of cultural advisor to the chief minister, Kumar said.

Nitish Kumar had announced recently the appointment of writer-diplomat Pawan Kumar Varma on the post.

The Bihar cabinet meeting also approved setting up of 13 new electricity transformer repair centres in different parts of the state to minimise disruption of power for long hours.

The decision is in line with the state government's plan to repair faulty transformers within 24 hours in urban areas and 72 hours in rural areas.

In the first phase seven transformer repair centres would be eatablished in Patna, Motihari, Begusarai, Munger, Nalanda, Supual and Aurangabad districts, Kumar said.

The state cabinet also gave its nod to cutting of trees on the roadside and on non-forest government land under condition that if needed the agency chopping one tree has to plant three at its place.

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