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Assam fails to take “sufficient steps” to prevent illegal liquor business

According to a state Assembly Committee report, the excise department failed to take “sufficient steps” to prevent illegal liquor business along Assam’s border areas. In its report for the Excise department for 2021-22, the Departmentally Related Standing Committee on Development (A) departments of the Assam Legislative Assembly also stated that many “set rules are being flouted.”

In its report, the House panel suggested forming its own armed battalion to combat “accelerating” illegal activities. The report continued, “The Committee observed that some illegal liquor centres have grown up throughout the state’s border areas, potentially causing a significant loss in excise duty.”

The Excise Department should take the necessary steps to issue retail “Off” licences in border areas, according to the report. The term “off” licence refers to the fact that liquor can be sold on-site but must be consumed elsewhere. An establishment with a “on” licence sells alcohol that can be consumed on the premises.

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