The Delhi government has extended its old excise policy for the next six months. Officials gave this information on Wednesday. Under the old excise policy, only state corporations are allowed to retail liquor in the city. The current excise policy was to end on March 31 and now it will be valid till September 30. Officials told that the government has also instructed the Excise Department to bring a new policy soon. He told that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved the proposal for extension of the old policy on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the government has also announced that there will be five dry days in the national capital in the next three months. These dry days will fall on Mahavir Jayanti (April 4), Good Friday (April 7), Id-ul-Fitr (April 22), Buddha Purnima (May 5) and Id-ul-Zuha on June 29. Significantly, there is a ban on the sale of liquor on dry days. The government had implemented its old excise policy after withdrawing the Excise Policy 2021-22 in September last year.
The Delhi government had withdrawn the Excise Policy 2021-22 last year. Lieutenant Governor V.K. Saxena recommended. Manish Sisodia, former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and the then in-charge of the Excise Department, was recently arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case related to the excise policy.
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