Liquor contracts will remain closed for 6 days out of 64 days in the capital Delhi. The Excise Department of Delhi Government has released the list of dry days. According to this, liquor contracts will remain closed for 6 days between 26 January and 31 March. During this, liquor will not be sold at shops.
According to the Delhi government, liquor is prohibited on Republic Day (January 26), Guru Ravidas Jayanti (February 5), Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti (February 15), Mahashivaratri (February 18), Holi (March 8) and Ram Navami (March 30). will not be sold.
Out of these six days, liquor can be sold in hotel-restaurants and bars for five days, but on January 26, liquor will not be served anywhere.
Why so many dry days?
In Delhi, the government issues a list of dry days every three months. The old excise policy (2020-21) came into force in Delhi from September 1 last year.
According to the old excise policy, there are 21 dry days in a year in Delhi. Whereas, only three dry days were kept in the Excise Policy (2021-22).
In Excise Policy 2021-22, only Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August) and Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) were kept as dry days.
Where will you get liquor in dry days?
Liquor will not be sold at shops in Delhi during dry days. However, alcohol can be served in restaurants, bars and clubs.
However, according to the excise rules of the Delhi government, liquor cannot be served in hotels, restaurants, bars or clubs etc. on January 26, August 15 and October 2.
Except these three days, liquor can be served in hotels, hotel bars, restaurants, clubs, government messes, parties or functions during the rest of the dry days.
Why was the old excise policy implemented?
The Aam Aadmi Party government had implemented the Excise Policy 2021-22 on 17 November 2021. Under this, the government was completely out of the liquor business and the entire responsibility was handed over to private hands.
Last year, the Chief Secretary submitted the report to Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena. In this report, there was an allegation of irregularities in the excise policy. In this report, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was accused of giving undue favor to the liquor traders.
Based on the report of the Chief Secretary, the Lieutenant Governor had recommended a CBI inquiry into the allegations of irregularities in the excise policy. When the dispute escalated, the Excise Policy 2021-22 was cancelled.
The Excise Policy 2020-21 was implemented from September 1 last year. This policy will be applicable for 6 months i.e. till February. After this either a new policy will come or it will be extended.