Bihar assembly Current Affairs - 2020

Bihar Assembly passes Bihar Prohibition and Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Bihar state assembly has passed Bihar Prohibition and Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with 16 amendments to dilute some of stringent provisions in Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. The prohibition law was enforced in the state April 2016, banning manufacture, sale or consumption of liquor.

Major changes

No mandatory jail term for first-time offence in case of consumption of liquor. If found drunk or drinking for first time, person will have to pay fine of Rs. 50,000 or serve 3 month jail term. But for subsequent offence person can get jail term of one-five years and fine of Rs 1 lakh. Habitual drinker will be no longer externed from his district for two-six months.

The Bill scraps provision allowing arrest of all adult members of family in case one of them is found to be drinking or storing liquor in the house. Henceforth, no house or vehicle will be confiscated from where liquor is seized. But shops, land, hotels, buildings, restaurants can be seized in case they are found to be storing liquor.

The Bill also watered down penal provision for first-time offenders who store, manufacture or sell liquor from 10-year jail term and Rs 10 lakh fine to 5 year jail term and Rs 1 lakh fine. It also scraps fine on entire community in case liquor is found to be frequently manufactured and sold in particular area. Henceforth only offenders will be booked. The Bill does not give relaxation in case of bootleggers.

Vijay Kumar Choudhary elected as Bihar assembly Speaker

Senior Janta Dal United (JDU) leader Vijay Kumar Chaudhary has been elected as new Speaker of Bihar legislative assembly.

The pro-tem Speaker and Congress MLA Sadanand Singh had announced election of Mr. Chaudhary as the new Speaker.

He was elected unanimously after all parties supported his candidature including main opposition Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

Mr.Chaudhary is a five time MLA and represents Sarai Ranjan assembly constituency of Samastipur district and is a close associate of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Previously in Bihar Legislative Assembly, he had severed as JDU Leader of Legislature Party. He also had served as the Minister for Water Resources, Agriculture and Information & Public Relations Departments in the cabinet under Nitish Kumar.

During his stint as a legislator from 1982 to 1995, he had served as the Deputy Chairman of Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation (BSIDC).