Not all who wander are lost. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar knows this all too well as he embarks on his month-long statewide social reform campaign, or Samaj Sudhar Yatra, his 13th trip as CM. Undeterred by criticism, United frontman Janata Dal went to great lengths to persuade women to be the “torchbearers” of his crusade for social reform and to make the ban succeed. alcohol.
After coming to power, Nitish Kumar ensured that 50% of the panchayat seats went to women and, this time too, a record number of young women won the elections, showing their greater participation in the process. electoral.
Bihar had to sacrifice an income of Rs 4,000 crore each year from excise duty, but Nitish Kumar convinced people that alcohol sales could not be permitted at the expense of poor families, where per capita income was not than Rs 50,547 compared to the national average of Rs. 135.00 in 2020.
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Nitish Kumar’s ongoing social reform journey continues to generate enough heat as the main opposition party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, leaves no opportunity to mock his yatra as a futile attempt to reestablish the JD ( U), who came third in the 2020 State Assembly elections.
Nitish has taken 13 trips so far, starting in 2005 when he took on the role of Chief Minister of State. But unlike in the past, this time around he pushed for social change to eliminate the dowry system, stop child marriages, and ensure the foolproof implementation of the anti-alcohol policy.
Formed during the JP movement, socialist at heart, Nitish firmly believes in Gandhian socialism. His quotes at his gatherings are often interspersed with Gandhian ideals.
One of Gandhi’s teachings, prohibition, was used by Nitish Kumar as a powerful weapon to win the hearts of female voters.
His ongoing yatra is one of those new attempts to underscore his government’s steadfast commitment to making the anti-alcohol campaign a success, though critics target him by calling the anti-alcohol campaign a failure.
Bihar shares a porous border with Nepal, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bangladesh, which facilitates the smuggling of alcohol.
After October, the Bihar police were overworked and arrested 4 lakh people involved in the alcohol trade.
Thousands of bail applications in alcohol cases are pending in the Patna High Court, affecting the normal functioning of the courts.
India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana’s recent remarks barely resonate in Bihar as Nitish Kumar’s journey progresses. The CM speaks of a major crackdown on the alcohol mafia, calling prohibition a tool to bring about social reform in the state.
Nitish Kumar’s anti-alcohol campaign, launched in 2016, suffered a major setback when around 40 people died after consuming fake alcohol. A large alcohol cartel is believed to have taken hold in the state, despite thousands of raids carried out each month in Bihar.
Nitish Kumar says violence against women has declined in the state, as have traffic accidents. To strike a chord with Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom movement, Kumar also started his social reform yatra from West Champaran. The CM’s insistence on the ban stems from the fact that Mahatma Gandhi persuaded Lord Irwin in 1930 to make it state policy.
The main driving force behind Nitish Kumar has been Jeevika Didis, a self-help group of 96 Lakh women from across the state, who are empowered to implement government-sponsored social programs.
Many Jeevika Didis were previously involved in buying illegal drugs and alcohol, but once they received training from the state government, they got into the illicit trade and started their own businesses. . Speaking about their role in social change, the CM told Samastipur that Bihar women are more reliable than men because 98 percent of loans given by women have been repaid.
Nitish Kumar relies heavily on female voters and they haven’t disappointed him either. Bihar pioneered the introduction of the reservation for women in the panchayats, where the government reserved 50 percent of the seats for them. The Bihar police also provided 30 percent of jobs for women.
Nitish Kumar has already become the longest-serving chief minister of Bihar after Shri Krishna Singh, and now he wants to reserve his place in political history as CM, who has been a strong advocate for the empowerment of women by strictly enforcing the complete ban in the state.
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In a caste-ruled society like Bihar, Kumar has worked hard to break out of a standardized image and emerge as a leader who reflects on social reforms.
But the BJP ally and the opposition demanded that the CM focus on creating jobs and building industries and stopping large-scale migration; this is an area where all previous governments have failed.
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