Patna, 28 Sept: The Nitish Kumar cabinet on Tuesday in a major decision after banning liquor waived tax on export and bottling fee on Indian Made Foreign Liquor and beer manufactured in the state.
The decision was taken by keeping the context in mind that people involved in liquor manufacturing in the state can find better market for export of IMFL and beer in other states.
The proposal of Excise and Prohibition department was signalled green at a meeting of state cabinet led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
While the consumption and trade of liquor are restricted in the state but there is no ban on manufacturing and bottling, said Principal Secretary of Cabinet Coordination Department Brajesh Mehrotra.
In another major decision, the Cabinet doubled the financial assistance to war veterans of World War II and to their wives after their death to Rs 10,000 per month from Rs 5000 every month earlier, Mehrotra added.
There are 61 such beneficiaries in the state. The Cabinet also approved a proposal to increase water cess for industrial, commercial and municipal usage to Rs 18 per thousand gallon from current Rs 4.50 per thousand gallon.
In another decision, the Cabinet approved a proposal of Land and Revenue department to allow the use of government and departmental land for implementation of a scheme to supply piped water to every household.