Bihar Licences Non-Alcoholic Palm Tree Drink to Discourage Toddy Consumption
To discourage consumption of toddy, the Bihar government is commercially licensing the production of neera, a non-alcoholic drink extracted from sap of palm trees.
Once fermented, the liquid turns into toddy.
The government’s requirements for issue of licence has, however, attracted all the attention
All those applying for a licence have to submit to test, showing whether they can climb palm trees.
The Bihar Excise Department has been conducting the test all over the state and what is interesting is that people from other castes are also queuing to get a licence to produce neera.
While most of the applicants are from the Pasi community, educated youths from the community are happy with the government’s move. Some of them told News18 that the government's move has opened a new chapter them, liberating them from the infamy of toddy trade.
State Excise Superintendent Deenbandhu said that as things stand today, as against 6400 families identified to be engaged in the toddy trade in Muzaffarpur district, 4000 of them have applied from licences of which 1000 have been issued.