New Delhi , 02 JAN 2021|| News Desk

Synopsis:
The blue-print for the new excise policy, suggested by a Committee set up by the Delhi Government, will enable easy availability of liquor in Delhi—Ch. Anil Kumar. The lop-sided priority of the Arvind Government was evident from the fact that in the last six years, it closed down 461 ration shops (at a time over 54 lakh deserving people are waiting for their ration cards) while 420 new liquor licences were issued he Added.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Arvind Government, instead of creating employment opportunities and livelihood for the young, who lost their jobs and means of earning during the Convid-19 pandemic lockdown crisis, is now striving to completely shatter their lives through the new excise policy, recommended by a committee set up by the Delhi Government.

He said that the new excise policy if implemented in toto, will not only lower the legal drinking age from 25 to 21, but also make “soft” liquor freely available in Departmental Stores, cut down the dry days to just three in a year, increase the timings of bars and restaurants, and opening of liquor shops in every ward in the Capital, to increase the number of vends to three in each of the 272 Municipal Wards in the Capital. 

(Ironically, in September last year, when the Covid-19 pandemic was shooting up in Delhi, one of the reasons being the ill-advised re-opening of liquor shops, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Excise Commissioner, to suggest measures for augmenting State excise revenue, including simplifying the liquor price mechanism, checking malpractices, and evasion of duty in the liquor trade).

Ch. Anil Kumar said that the lop-sided priority of the Arvind Government was evident from the fact that in the last six years, it closed down 461 ration shops (at a time when over 54 lakh deserving people are waiting for their ration cards) while 420 new liquor licences were issued, to make the availability of hard liquor easy. He said that it was a clever way of extracting double and treble the amount from people by the Arvind Government for supplying “free power and water” to the poor, to nurse Aam Aadmi Party’s “vote bank”. He noted that in the last seven years, the Delhi Government has doubled revenue from liquor sales. He said that as soon as Arvind came to power, rules regarding liquor sales were relaxed, and the carpet area of Departmental Stores was increased. 

He said that since 2015-16, the Arvind Government has been indulging in dramas by taking “suggestions” from the people, but never brought out any new excise policy, though the number of liquor vends has increased in the Capital.

Ch. Anil Kumar alleged that according to media reports, CM Arvind had a quiet meeting with representatives of Restaurant Associations and chalked out strategy for relaxing the excise policy, and thereby generate more revenues for the Government, without giving any heed to the suggestions of the people, including social, religious and Resident Welfare Associations.

Ch. Anil Kumar recalled that CM Arvind had created a big “drama” in the presence of the Mohalla Sabha to shut a couple of liquor vends in the Tilak Nagar area, but strangely, these shops are still functioning. He noted that the AAP election manifesto had also declared that people will be consulted, particularly women, before opening new liquor vends in any area, to make Delhi “Nasha Mukth” (free of intoxication), but CM Arvind has wantonly flouted his own promise and assurance. He said that now liquor vends are being opened even in residential areas, disregarding the objection of the local people.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that the easy availability of liquor was one of the main reasons for the crime rate shooting up in Delhi in the past six years, and if the legal drinking age is lowered, and more liquor vends are opened, the Arvind Government will be paving the path for more and more unemployed youth to take to crime, and self-destruct.

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