Store closures begin as private liquor stores close on October 1, Retail News, ET Retail

NEW DELHI: Private liquor stores will be closed in Delhi from October 1 in accordance with Delhi government’s new excise policy and the store closure process has started.

In accordance with the Delhi government’s new excise policy, alcohol will be sold in Delhi from November 17th. But private liquor stores will be closed on the aforementioned date.

Under these circumstances, private liquor stores no longer request new stock of liquor, and the remaining stocks are also running out quickly. But a problem for many traders is that these stores are going to be closed forever.

There are 13 private liquor stores in the DLF Galleria Mall in Mayur Vihar Phase-1, which have L-10 licenses. But their license could not be renewed and after September 30, all these businesses will be closed.

Karun Saxena, who looked after the work of an accountant in one of these stores, said in a conversation with ANI that “We are normal store owners, we don’t have enough money for it. renew the license by paying Rs 250 crores. “

Under the Delhi government’s new excise policy, all old liquor stores are closed and under the new system stores are to be opened equally in all parts of Delhi.

The Delhi government has also launched the tendering process for new stores. Reporting on the matter on September 15, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held a press conference.

In it, Sisodia said that “after the implementation of the new excise policy, the experience of selling alcohol will change. The Delhi government has collected revenue of around Rs 6,400 crore through excise in 2019-2020.Excise policy is estimated to increase by around Rs 3,500 crore, now the Delhi government hopes that through the new excise policy, annual revenues of around Rs 10,000 crore will be available. “

Karun Saxena added, “If the government had felt that the stores were running chaotically, they could have taken a lot of measures for it. They could have raided, could have taken action. an atmosphere of competition. But in reality, this does not happen. Now the stores will only go to a few people. No ordinary trader will be able to give two hundred and fifty crore rupees for a store. It will only encourage cartelization instead of attacking it. “

Sonu Bansal, manager of another store, echoed a similar sentiment, saying, “There are 147 private liquor stores in Delhi. The government has made the decision to end all of them. None of the 13 stores d liquor in this mall has not applied for a license for a new store. Now we are forced to close stores. The shelves are empty, only 4-5 assistants remain instead of 20-22 usual assistants.

Bansal said there is no longer any way to make money for people working in private liquor stores and he will have to travel to his village.

He said the Delhi government was licensing large outside traders.

Pramod Kumar, a salesperson from another store, also said: “This is really wrong. Now customers are coming back too. The Delhi government’s new excise policy has put us out of work.”

The Delhi government announced the new excise policy for 2021-2022 in July.

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