Bihar's new service rules bar government employees from consuming liquor

Posted February 17, 2017

An amendment in the rules of conduct for civil servants in Bihar now prohibits the consumption of alcohol or other intoxicating substances by government officials even when they are outside the state, while a new set of rules was laid down disallowing judicial officers from consuming intoxicants, the Telegraph reported.

"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 state notification said.

Briefing newspersons, principal secretary of cabinet secretariat department Brijesh Mehrotra said the cabinet also approved amendments to the Bihar higher judicial service rules, which envisaged appointment of judges of high courts on an annual basis.

"At present, the service rules mandate that government officials can not consume intoxicating drinks or drugs while on duty or at public places". Previously there had been no conduct rules for the officials of the judiciary.

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.

Nitish Kumar has attributed the liquor ban for the reduction in crime, promotion of communal harmony and a better eating habit of the people. So, they may be faced with proceedings if they defy the prohibition laws in states such as Gujarat, Nagaland and Kerala.

The drinking ban will also apply to Bihar officials on deputation outside the state.

The penalty includes from dismissal to suspension to even salary cuts of the state officials.

However, it remains to be seen how the state government plans to impose this prohibition plan. The new rules were approved by the cabinet.