The people of Delhi are likely to get liquors at their doorsteps as the Delhi government’s group of ministers (GoM) has given a green signal to this proposal, a report said. The move has been proposed by the excise department of Delhi to legalize the home delivery of liquor. It is also done to ut an end to all the discounts offered by vendors in the new Delhi Excise Policy 2022-23. The proposal for the home delivery of liquor will be put before the Delhi Cabinet for its approval.
If the proposed plan is executed, then there will no longer be a need to go to the outlet or may not need to call up a friend to pick up a “couple of beers” on their way to your house. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and a group of ministers have given their approval to a 17-page cabinet note on liquors’ home delivery. Recently, the Delhi government capped the discount on liquor to 25 percent, keeping in mind the crowds outside retail shops and some reported malpractices.
As per an official report by national news sites, empanelled intermediaries will be set up for the home delivery of liquor. The intermediaries will be collecting the bottles from retail vends and delivering them to homes in various localities and later it will be delivered to the customers. The Excise Department will also formulate detailed conditions for granting L-13 licenses following the Cabinet’s home delivery directive.
According to official government procedures, the excise policy must be notified at the beginning of each financial year. It has remained the same for the last few years, however, it was rescheduled by the Delhi government last year. It added the definition of new zones and included a one-time charge when bidding for vends.
If the proposed plan gets its approval, then this will ensure a fair supply of alcohol and help the authorities prevent counterfeit liquor consumption. Meanwhile, Delhi’s group of ministers who will put the proposal before the Delhi cabinet said that “as long as the market is healthy, there should be no restrictions on retailers offering discounts on alcohol.”