Guwahati,27 December, 2017: Keeping new excise policy of the government in view, the excise commissioner of Assam has sent a memo to the deputy commissioners and excise superintendents of Kamrup, Silchar, Lakhimpur, Sivsagar, Tinsukia, Jorhat districts of Assam to implement the policy that had been incorporated in the month of February, 2017.
Accordingly, the government has issued the notification that age-old old Moholdary system of country spirit is going to be abolished w.e.f 1st January, 2018. Through the memo, the excise commissioner has asked the officials to take stock of the excise goods and items and also prepare a list of inventory inside the excise warehouses as on 31.12.2017. After taking stock and preparing the list of inventory the officials are requested to seal the warehouses in the presence of a Magistrate and keep the key in custody so that nobody can enter and use the existing excise stocks in preparation of illicit liquors.
The new excise policy of the government mainly constitutes the amendment of age-old excise rules with an aim that a scientific system of bottling and trading of country spirit can be put into place. The new rules intend to make the entire trade transparent and hygienic, which, in turn, will also augment revenue. It will also help curb the menace of illicit country liquor, PRO of the Excise department Sailendra Pandey informed.