Delhi liquor traders urge govt to reinstate old excise policy’s private vend licenses

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The liquor traders in Delhi have urged the state government to reinstate private liquor vend licences issued under the old excise policy.

The vendors claimed that the L-7 and L-10 vends accounted for 40% of all retail vends in Delhi, but contributed 60% of overall revenue for the exchequer. (Image for representation)

The liquor traders in Delhi have urged the state government to reinstate private liquor vend licences issued under the old excise policy.

Delhi Liquor Traders Association in a letter to the excise department on Friday, urged the reinstatement of retail vend private licenses (L-7 and L-10) that were issued in the old regime of excise duty-based policy prevailing before November 17, 2021.

The private licencees lost their licenses because of a new excise. Private licensees have a great partnership with the Delhi excise department going back 15 to 20 years, but the majority of them are currently jobless.

The vendors claimed that the L-7 and L-10 vends accounted for 40% of all retail vends in Delhi, but contributed 60% of overall revenue for the exchequer.

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They said under the old regime as was prevalent before November 17, 2021, out of a total of 272 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) wards, 77 MCD wards were completely unserved because neither a government-owned nor a privately-owned wine shop was sectioned here.

They alleged in 28 MCD wards, no government shop was located and the area was served only by the privately owned wine shops located there.

They said each of the 67 MCD wards had only one government-operated retail venue. The area was also well served by the other (privately-owned) wine shops located there.

They said in addition to contributing 60% of revenue, the L-7 and L-10 vends in Delhi are renowned as Elite-class service providers, offering a wide range of brands with display and self-service options, appropriate stock availability, and well-maintained, spacious, premium outlets situated in the upscale markets and shopping centres in Delhi.

They added that currently most of the L-7 added in L-10 licensees have possession of their owned/leased shops and are capable of providing their services from the first day of the license on September 1, 2022, or before.

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