Delhi: new liquor policy, some hiccups

Demands aren’t getting fulfilled by the wholesalers these days. Stock is pretty low. One of the reasons being is people ordering liquor for their shops as much as they can.

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Half-empty shelves, shortage of some brands and small protests-growing troubles have seen in the first few days of implementation of the Delhi government’s new tax policy continues at the private liquor shops that have opened in the city.

About 10 days ago, when the new liquor policy came out, the government pulled out of exporting trade entirely and the policy came in force.


The liquor shops have half the shelves empty in New Friends Colony. On Sunday evening, the liquor supplier truck visited the store but they had only a few cartons of liquor. The store opened on November 17 and there were only a few brands of beer and wine was available at the store.


“Demands aren’t getting fulfilled by the wholesalers these days. Stock is pretty low. One of the reasons being is people ordering liquor for their shops as much as they can.
Let’s take an example, they needed 50 cartons but they are ordering 200 because there is a lot of panic. Some people feel that they will not get enough stock in the coming days and are over ordering. If they keep doing that, some people wont get any stock.” said Sonu Kumar, the shop in-charge.


Some luxurious, classy liquor stores have a very welcoming ambience with wide glass doors, multicolored walls and back slit shelves, but even they have most empty shelves at this time.

“Only a few brands are available in the market. Smaller brands of beer, for example, are available, but Kingfisher and Budweiser, for example, are not being supplied at all. We are hoping that things will improve in the coming week,” he said.

As per the new policy, only private liquor shops now run in the city and each municipal ward has 2-3 liquor vends. The government hopes this will stop illicit practices. Another big change was that a majority of the excise fee has been subsumed in the license fee now.

An estimated amount, based on the approximate bottles that are expected to be sold, has been charged at the time of giving licenses. A small percentage will be collected based on the number of bottles sold.

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