The Assam Cabinet on Wednesday decided that alcohol will be sold online in Guwahati for a month on an experimental basis.

Following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, minister Pijush Hazarika said, “Assam Cabinet has decided that alcohol will be sold online in Guwahati for a month on an experimental basis. If it succeeds, we will expand it to the entire state.”

The West Bengal government had last year given its nod to home delivery of alcohol by permitting people above 21 years to place orders online. The Delhi government also took the same move last month by allowing home delivery of alcohol via mobile apps and websites under the amended excise rules.

Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government has decided to provide relief in calamity-hit areas, improve education at grassroots, and boost economic activities in tea gardens and rural areas.

“We took some important decisions in today’s Assam Cabinet to further administrative reforms in the State. We also decided to provide relief in calamity-hit areas, improve education at grassroots, boost economic activities in tea garden and rural areas, among others,” Sarma tweeted on Wednesday.

As per the Chief Minister, during winter when production is less in tea gardens, workers to be employed in MNREGA jobs such as pond excavation, road construction etc.

Additionally, Golaghat and Sarupathar have been declared as drought-hit revenue circles among other decisions taken by the Assam Cabinet.

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