Delhi government gives an extension of two months to liquor shops with L-3/33 license to operate till 30th September

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New Delhi: Preempting a possible chaos due to ‘sever shortage’ of alcohol in the city, Delhi government on Sunday decided to extend existing licences of liquor shops till September 30 A total of 468 private liquor stores in Delhi were scheduled to shut from Monday after expiry of their licences on July 31. However, the liquor shops will open only after the excise department’s order following the LG’s nod, officials said.

Delhi Government Decides To Revert Its Excise Policy 2021-22

Delhi government has decided to revert back to old excise regime and run liquor stores through its agencies after realising that the Excise Policy 2021-22 was not able to achieve the desired objectives of fetching greater revenues and the fact that it’s implementation is under scanner for alleged violation of rules and procedural lapses. The government stores of liquor will open for a period of six months from September 1 and till then the private vends will continue to operate.

“This was needed as the government has already decided to revert to old excise policy regime and run stores through its agencies, a process that could create shortage and chaos as the new shops will take days to open,” news agency PTI reported quoting a government source.

The government on Saturday announced reverting back to old excise regime and run stores itself for six months. Under the Excise Policy 2021-22, 468 retail liquor stores were running in the city whose licences expired after July 31.

Liquor Shortage In Delhi

Many liquor vends in the city, however, were closed after selling out stocks through rebates and special schemes like buy one get two free.

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