Assam Govt hikes liquor tax by 25 per cent to earn Rs. 1000 Cr additional revenue


GUWAHATI: Amid ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, the Assam Government has increased excise duty on Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) by 25 per cent. The increase will give additional revenue of Rs. 1000 crore to the state government. The decision was taken by the state cabinet on Friday. The cabinet meeting was held through video conference.

Addressing a press meet in Guwahati minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the Increase in MRP by 25 per cent will give additional revenue of Rs. 1000 crore to the State government.

The other key decisions taken in the cabinet are:

Assam Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and

Facilitation) Ordinance 2020 passed.

Repeal of Assam Agricultural Produce Marketing Act 1972.

Government will release fund for salary of Assam Agriculture Marketing Board if required.

Labour Reforms:

Introduction of fixed term employment.

Increase in minimum numbers of workers for implementation of

Factories Act from 10 to 20 (with power) and 20 to 40 (without


Increase in minimum number of workers for implementation of

Contract labour Act from 20 to 50.

Increase in shift hours from 8 to 12 hours during COVID 19 period.

Operations in tea industry will start in full strength maintaining social

distancing norms.