The Delhi government, led by the Aam Aadmi Party, is going to bring a new Excise Policy to tax the liquor in the national capital soon. After the new excise policy comes into force, the rules for the sale of liquor in Delhi at government and privately owned shops may change. The government of Delhi expects to increase government revenue with the new excise policy. It is being told that after the implementation of the new policy, the prices of liquor in the national capital may increase by at least 50 percent.
According to the report, the Delhi government has set a target of increasing the state’s revenue from liquor sales by 50 per cent from Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 7,651 crore. However, critics say that this will lead small companies to go out of Delhi business and dominate multinationals. Also, the sale of low-priced whiskey and rum will cease. The government says that this new policy is being introduced to change the nature of liquor business in accordance with the changing stature of the national capital.
The policy proposed by a committee is currently being consulted by all parties. Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi has constituted a committee of ministers to assess suggestions on the new excise policy. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia will be the chairman of the committee, while Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Law Minister Kailash Gehlot will be the members of the committee formed. The Delhi government claims that this ambitious excise policy will be known as a model across India and will be finalized soon.
The committee has suggested that the sale of whiskey and rum up to Rs 140 in Delhi should be discontinued, that is, only expensive brands of liquor should be sold here. At present, for a company currently registered for sale in the capital, the condition is that the sale of any of its brands across the country, including Delhi, should be at least 60 thousand cases in the last two years. But now in the proposed policy, this condition has been increased to at least 10 lakh cases of a brand outside Delhi.