Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday made a plea to Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi to conduct a study to assess whether or not the prohibition on liquor has affected people's lives which the 'Bachpan Bachao Andolan' spearhead readily accepted.
Kumar made the request at a function organised by Bihar Legislative Council to felicitate the world-famous child rights activist Satyarthi.
"We know the prohibition has changed the atmosphere completely. The lives of people who quit liquor following the prohibition has improved a lot. But we need a detailed and scientific study on the issue by a neutral organisation," Kumar said.
"People like you (Satyarthi) can take initiative for carrying out study on the issue. The government could have carried out the study but it would be better to get the study conducted by a neutral person," he said.
In his address, Satyarthi, who was accompanied by his wife, agreed to conduct the study.
"Prohibition is not a small thing rather it is a brave step (by the state government). The move would certainly help in checking child abuse and labour. I accept the suggestion to carry out a detailed study about the impact of prohibition," Satyarthi said.