Now, Bihar Officials Can't Consume Alcohol Anywhere In The World

Now Bihar Officials Can't Consume Alcohol Anywhere In The World

While service conduct rules for state officials had been modified, the ones for judicial service officers were approved on the recommendations of the Patna high court.

Under the present rules, officials consuming liquor outside the state could not be tried under the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, and the amendment aims to punish offenders. That is, they may face departmental proceedings if they are reported to have defied the prohibition laws in states like Nagaland, Kerala and Gujarat.

Previously, the conduct rules for government servants laid down that they cannot consume intoxicants while on duty, or could not be found intoxicated at a public place, or consume such substances in public across the state.

With this bizzarre amendment, Bihar has become the first state to have such restrictions for officials and judges.

The same has been extended for officials of Judicial services as well, Mehrotra said.

However, it remains to be seen how the state government plans to impose this prohibition plan.

Patna: Bihar government's employees and judicial officers may lose their job if found consuming liquor or drugs.The Nitish Kumar government has enforced prohibition in the state since April past year.

The new rule has come into effect after the Cabinet passed a resolution on it and proposed departmental proceeding against erring Government officials.

"Every government servant shall strictly abide by any law relating to intoxicating drinks or drugs, in force in any area in which he may happen to be", the government notification said.

Mehrotra tried to assuage those who questioned the practicality and rationale of the new rule saying action would be taken against officials or the member of the judiciary only if a complaint were filed against them.

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