Assam Gov sets up committee to probe illegal tobacco trade


Guwahati: The Assam government has announced the setting up of an enquiry committee which is to be headed by the Additional Chief Secretary for probing illegal ciggerate trade in the trade and prevent it.

In an official release the Assam government said, “Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed that an enquiry committee, to be headed by the Additional Chief Secretary, be constituted to check and disband illegal trade in cigarettes reportedly happening in the state.”

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The illegal trade in ciggerates will be studied by the committee and the committee will come out with a strategy to stop it.

FICCI has estimated a loss of nearly Rs 600 cr every year to the Assam government due to the illegal trade of tobacco while the Meghalaya Government loses 90 cr annually.