Assam firm allows online sale of alcohol in Guwahati on a trial basis

The Assam cabinet on Wednesday decided to allow the sale of alcohol online in the state capital Guwahati for a month on a trial basis, ANI news agency reported.

“If it succeeds, we will extend it to the whole state,” said Minister of State Pijush Hazarika, quoted by ANI.

Last year, the West Bengal government approved home alcohol delivery by allowing people over the age of 21 to place orders online. The Delhi government also made the same move last month by allowing home delivery of alcohol through mobile apps and websites under the amended excise rules.

After Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to brief on key decisions that were taken at the event. He said the decisions were aimed at “further administrative reforms in the state”.

According to the post shared by Sarma on Twitter, during the winter, tea garden workers will be employed in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) works such as road construction, excavation of ponds. , etc.

The post also mentioned that Golaghat and Sarupathar have been declared drought-affected income circles. He said Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Jogen Mohan and Irrigation Minister Ashok Singhal will visit the affected areas, accompanied by Finance Minister Ajanta Neog, to inquire about the incidents. related to droughts for the payment of compensation to affected families.

“We also decided to bring relief to disaster areas, improve basic education, boost economic activities in tea gardens and rural areas, among others,” Sarma tweeted.

The decisions closely follow Assam’s tabling of the 2021 Cow Protection Bill on the first day of the assembly’s budget session that began on Monday. He proposes to ban the interstate transport of cows through Assam in an attempt to control the smuggling of animals to neighboring Bangladesh.

The bill also seeks to stop the transport of livestock from anywhere in Assam to places outside the state where “the slaughter of cattle is not regulated by law.”

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