Assam approves Assam Exercise (amendment) Bill
On 19 Nov, Assam Cabinet approved the Assam Excise (amendment) bill 2019 which seeks to regulate inflow, transport or possession of molasses. Molasses is used in preparation of illicit liquor. The Bill will be replaced before the assembly in the next winter session. Molasses is an important component in making “sulai” an intoxicating drink widely consumed in the tea garden areas of Assam.
The amended bill sought to amend section 2(h) and section 84 (2) (d) of the Assam Excise Act 2000. By amending section 2 (h) the list of excisable articles is being expanded to include molasses as an excisable article.