PATNA: People and all state government employees will take a pledge on Friday to neither consume liquor nor allow its sale even as war of words between the ruling alliance partners and the opposition parties in the state continued on Thursday.
The oath-taking ceremony will be held at the government offices across the state at 11am. Chief minister Nitish Kumar’s address on the occasion of ‘Nasha Mukti Diwas’ will be telecast live. The authorities in the districts have already made arrangements for the live show of the CM’s address in the government offices.
Chief secretary Tripurari Sharan has written to all the district magistrates and the superintendents of police besides heads of different departments to hold pledge-taking events. The proof of pledge, including video, photos and in writing, has to be submitted to the prohibition, excise and registration department.
State water resources department minister Sanjay Jha said arrangements for pledge-taking events across the state have already been made by the authorities concerned. “The decision to enforce prohibition in the state was taken by the CM to save future generations,” he said.
Describing enforcement of prohibition as a bold initiative of the CM, Jha said the government has taken the issue of implementing the prohibition law in the state as a challenge. “All measures are being taken by the government for the purpose,” he said.
Muzaffarpur district magistrate Pranav Kumar said the live streaming of the CM’s programme will be telecast in all offices at the district headquarters, sub-divisions and in the blocks. Besides, different programmes would be held in government schools and other institutions to mark ‘Nasha Mukti Diwas’.
The decision to take oath again on prohibition was announced by the CM on Monday, a week after a high-level review meeting on implementation of the prohibition law in the state. The seven-hour-long marathon meeting concluded with the decision to launch an awareness campaign more vigorously and conduct raids to check brewing, sale and consumption of liquor.
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