New Delhi: On Wednesday (July 14), the Assam government decided to approve online alcohol sales in Guwahati for a month on an experimental basis. The call was made during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Assam state Minister of Water Resources Pijush Hazarika told ANI that if the online service is successful, the government will also expand it to other parts of the state.
“The Assam cabinet has decided to test online liquor sales in Guwahati for a month. If it is successful, we will expand it to the entire state,” Hazarika said.
Taking into account the instructions of the Madras High Court and High Court, in view of COVID19, Guwahati liquor stores will be able to accept online orders and deliver liquor within the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) area.
At the same time, the state cabinet also agreed to provide employment opportunities for tea garden workers under the MGNREGA plan when there is little or no work in the winter. According to PTI, these works will be carried out in the excavation of ponds and the construction of roads within the framework of the rural employment guarantee program. The cabinet decided that
Golaghat and Sarupathar Revenue Circles will be declared arid zones. Tax and Disaster Management Minister Jogen Mohan, Irrigation Minister Ashok Singhal and Finance Minister Ajanta Neog will travel to these areas to assess the situation in order to compensate farmers.
In addition, the government decided to use the funds received from the 15th Finance Committee to build schools and parks in the village. The Cabinet also declared that the Department of General Affairs and the Management Division of the Secretariat will be merged and renamed the Department of General Affairs.