Lose Job if You Drink Alcohol even when Outside the Country?

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

The state government has now amended the Bihar Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1976, and approved the Bihar Judicial Officers Conduct Rules, 2017, to debar Bihar government personnel and judicial officers from consuming any intoxicant even outside the state's borders.

The state cabinet yesterday issued fresh conduct rules for government servants - right from Group A to Group D - and judicial officers in a bid to tighten the enforcement of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016.

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.

The liquor ban in the state was first enforced in the state ten months ago and according to an NDTV report, the new amendment to the law will seek to ensure that bureaucrats, judges and magistrates caught consuming liquor anywhere in the free world will be punished. The amended service conduct rules are applicable even to officials on deputation to the Centre or other State, or even overseas. So, they may be faced with proceedings if they defy the prohibition laws in states such as Gujarat, Nagaland and Kerala.

Prior to the latest amendment, government servants were not allowed to drink in public or be found inebriated while on duty.

The penalty includes from dismissal to suspension to even salary cuts of the state officials. Recently, the State government said it would construct jails and increase the capacity of prison facilities to accommodate those arrested under the new rules.

Legal experts termed the new conduct rules "debatable" but accepted that it was within the rights of the executive and the legislature to impose them.

In November 2015, Nitish Kumar announced complete liquor ban in Bihar from April 1, 2016.

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