Artha Pradesh
Jharkhand Announces New Domicile Policy
The Raghubar Das government has finally bitten the domicile policy bullet to define, through a cabinet decision, as many as six criteria for people to be called local residents of Jharkhand, playing safe in an area that has proved a minefield of emotions for several governments in the past. A two-hour-long meeting chaired by chief minister Raghubar Das, in which his cabinet colleagues and top administrative brass were present, drafted the six criteria, all of them people-pleasers to rob the Opposition of its ammo. However, it is yet unclear how the tribals, who constitute 26.2 per cent (2011 Census) of the state's population, would react to the BJP government's policy that may be seen as a bid to dilute their original claims. First, a person is to be called a local resident if his or her forefathers have names in the survey khatiyan (original land records in 1932) or is landless but identified by a gram sabha on the basis of the language he speaks, cultures and traditions he practises. Second, people who are employed or into business since the past 30 years - from the date of notification of today's cabinet decision - and their heirs are also local residents. The third, fourth and fifth criteria refer to persons employed as officials/ employees with state and central governments and in constitutional and legal posts in Jharkhand, their spouses and children are also local residents. In the sixth criteria are people who are born in the state or have completed their matriculation or equivalent examination from the state. To be notified by the state personnel, administrative reforms and rajbhasha department in a day or so, the policy will be implemented with immediate effect. Chief minister Raghubar Das said the government had tried its best to protect the interests of all Jharkhandis while defining a local resident. "We have taken suggestions from all including political parties and tribal intellectuals. I feel the policy will be welcomed by all," he said.
Bihar Imposes Complete Ban on Sale of Liquor

To implement total prohibition, 14,108 litres of domestic liquor and 2,386 litres of foreign brands were seized from across Bihar on Thursday. Forty four persons were arrested in 655 raids under provisions of new Bihar Excise (Amendment) Act, 2016, Om Prakash Mandal, Assistant Commissioner Excise said. The operation against liquor yielded encouraging results here. A statement issued by Senior Superintendent of Police, Patna, Manu Maharaj said that 24 persons had been arrested in clampdown against alcohol in the district. Meanwhile, reports were pouring about habitual alcoholics brought to de-addiction centres in different districts in the wake of total prohibition. The Bihar government imposed a complete ban on sale of any kind of liquor in the state. "Liquor will not be sold in any bar, pub or hotel from now onwards. We are placing a complete ban on its sale in the state. Women and kids have created an environment in favour of this ban," Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters. The state assembly recently passed a law banning sale of country-made liquor, but the chief minister announced that a ban would be in place on sale of Indian-made foreign liquor too. "Only the army cantonments which are run with their own rules will continue to have liquor served," the chief minister added. "The ban will be in place with immediate effect, and the government will issue a notification in this regard in some time," Kumar said. He said the government will provide better employment opportunities to those who are rendered jobless due to the liquor ban. The chief minister added that the government will create other avenues of income for sectors that are likely to get affected after imposition of the ban. With the move, Bihar becomes the fourth state after Nagaland, Manipur and Gujarat where sale of any kind liquor is completely banned.