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Delhi Liquor Shortage: Liquor shortage as govt awaits Lt Gov’s nod for extension of licence

Delhi Liquor Shortage: There is confusion about the opening or non-opening of liquor shops in Delhi. The Kejriwal government has proposed to extend the license of liquor shops in Delhi by one month, but so far Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has not approved it.

In such a situation, the shuttering of 468 liquor shops is almost certain. The license of these shops has expired on July 31 and these shops have been closed since Monday.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has extended the license of those selling country liquor by 2 months. That is, now these shops can remain open till 30 September. However, there is still confusion on the license of those selling Indian and foreign brands of liquor.

The new excise policy was implemented in Delhi on 17 November 2021. Under this, 468 private shops were running at present, whose license has expired on July 31. Due to this the shutter of these shops will fall from today.

In order to avoid the shortage of liquor in the capital, the Delhi government has sent a proposal to the Lieutenant Governor on Sunday night to extend the vendor’s license till August 31. The proposal will come into force only after getting the approval of the Lieutenant Governor. However, the Lieutenant Governor has not yet approved it. The Excise Department can issue an order of extension in the license only after the approval of the Lieutenant Governor.

New Excise Policy: Under this policy, which came into force on November 17, 2021, all liquor shops were handed over to private hands. Under this, 849 liquor shops in Delhi became private. Vendors gave huge discounts on liquor as it went into private hands. One on one free as well as discount were offered. On July 31, one on two freebies were also offered to clear the stock. However, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has told that at this time only 468 shops were running in Delhi.

Old Excise Policy: Expected to be implemented from 1st September for the next 6 months. If this happens, the discounts and offers that were being available will end. Because again government agencies will run liquor contracts. Before November 2021, four agencies of the Delhi government were running 475 liquor shops out of 864. 389 shops were run by private agencies. That is, from September 1, again 475 shops will be run by government agencies. Private vendors will be given license for the rest of the shops.

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