The old scheme will be in force for the next six months as the Delhi government is working to streamline a new policy for 2022-23.
New Delhi: Days after Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the implementation of the new excise policy, the Delhi government decided re-introduce its old scheme of retail liquor sale in the national capital.
The old scheme will be in force for the next six months as the Delhi government is working to streamline a new policy for 2022-23. A rough draft of the new excise policy is yet to be sent to Saxena for his approval.
The new excise policy recommends home delivery of liquor. Addressing a press conference, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said BJP used the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to threaten liquor licensees and excise officials. “We have withdrawn new excise policy and directed opening government liquor stores. I have directed chief secretary to ensure no chaos during transition period,” he said.
According to sources, the Delhi finance department has sought details of liquor vends operated by the four corporations of the Delhi government before the new excise policy came into effect. The four corporations are Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Delhi Consumer’s Cooperative Wholesale Store (DCCWS) and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation (DSCSC). These four ran 475 liquor stores out of the total 864 in the city while private stores, licences held by individuals, numbered 389.