Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s war against liquor seems to have been more than a mere political matter after he imposed a new rule which stated that Bihar officials are prohibited from consuming liquor ‘anywhere in the world’.

The Bihar cabinet recently passed a prohibition law which stated that bureaucrats, judges or magistrates caught drinking anywhere in the world will be liable for punitive measures.

According to the new rule, if officials are caught consuming liquor, they may face dismissal, suspension and salary cut. Earlier, officials were banned from drinking on duty; that rule has now been amended.

This decision comes after the Bihar Chief Minister was recently told that officials in the Bihar government were still drinking despite prohibition still in effect.

Nitish Kumar has attributed the liquor ban for the reduction in crime, promotion of communal harmony and a better eating habit of the people.