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Delhi: 70 lakh bottles were saved due to change in excise policy, traders sought help from the government in selling

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Liquor traders sought help from the Delhi government to clear the remaining stock of 70 lakh bottles.
With the withdrawal of the new excise policy in Delhi, such a huge stock was left with the traders.

New Delhi: The liquor industry has sought the intervention of the Delhi government to dispose of the remaining stock of about 70 lakh unsold liquor bottles. The reason for this remaining stock is to change the excise policy. Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) has written a letter to the Excise Department of Delhi Government, seeking immediate attention for disposal of unsold stock.

Delhi government on November 17, 2021 Excise Policy 2021-22 which ended the government’s almost complete monopoly in the sale of liquor, liberalized the strict revenue regime for private companies, with shops that were open in the city for a brief period.

The policy was withdrawn in July when the Lt Governor recommended a CBI inquiry into its implementation, alleging irregularities in the government. Applicable before November 17, 2021 old excise policy was brought back from September 1.

Vinod Giri, Director General of CIABC It said, “The issue of disposal of remaining stock in L-One godowns of companies is yet to be resolved when the policy was changed on November 17, 2021. “The Excise Department had allowed the companies to transfer this stock to their new L-One licensees, but despite such assurances, it was not allowed to be sold,” he said.

A senior Delhi government official said the matter is under consideration and a decision is yet to be taken on the disposal of the remaining stock. “There were about 70 lakh bottles of liquor in stock. The Excise Department is believed to have been in favor of allowing the sale of stock of registered liquor brands under the Excise Policy, which came into force from September 1.

“A decision is yet to be taken regarding the stock of those brands which are yet to be re-registered,” the official said. cannot be sold without a valid license. The CIABC said that under the policy with effect from September 1, 2022, the brand license fee for whiskey brands made in India is Rs 25 lakh per brand per year, as against just Rs 1 lakh under the policy effective earlier.

Despite less than seven months remaining in this excise year, the brand license fee which has to be paid for the whole year is being charged in full. Giri urged the government to allow licensees to sell the remaining stock for at least two months or till the stock runs out.

Giri said that the excise duty that will be paid on these remaining stock of liquor will increase the government revenue and will help in addressing the major liquor shortage in the city.

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