Kejriwal government has taken a big step to stop smuggling of liquor in Delhi. The Delhi government has made several major changes in the excise policy. After this, the government will no longer run liquor shops in Delhi. That is, there will no longer be government contracts. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia informed about the changes in the excise policy on Monday. He said that it is not the responsibility of the government to run a liquor shop.
Manish Sisodia also told that now new liquor shops will not be opened. This means that in today’s date, the number of liquor shops in Delhi will remain the same. There are currently 850 liquor shops in Delhi. Of these, 60% are government and 40% are private. The deputy CM of Delhi has announced that no new liquor shop will be opened in Delhi. Along with this, government liquor shops will also be closed. The existing government liquor shops will be auctioned and will be given in private hands.
Apart from this, the state government has also reduced the drinking age to 25 years from 21 years.
Sisodia while announcing the new excise policy, said that the government has formulated a new policy to tighten the shinkaja on the liquor mafia in Delhi. He told that the distribution of liquor in Delhi will be made equal. For this, where there are more liquor shops, they will be removed and opened in areas where there are no liquor shops.
Alcohol prohibition in these states: Bihar, Gujarat, Nagaland, Lakshadweep and Mizoram figure in the list of dry states and union territories. There is complete ban on alcohol in these states. There is also a partial ban on liquor in some districts of Manipur.