Vijender Gupta slams Delhi govt for promoting liquor sale in Capital
Leader of Opposition in Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta on Sunday criticised Delhi government for promoting <g data-gr-id="34">sale</g> of liquor in the city in its new excise policy.
“Arvind Kejriwal government wants to sell beer in all the streets and lanes of the city to promote its consumption. It's surprising that the government is going opposite to what it was preaching in the <g data-gr-id="33">elections,”said</g> Vijender Gupta.
He claimed that the new policy of the government will promote alcoholism in the youths thus increasing crime graph in the city.
“The liberal licensing policy of Delhi government aims to remove several checks from giving liquor licence in the city. They are promoting the sale of liquor. The government openly saying the policy aims to make fresh beer in various <g data-gr-id="46">flavours,”he</g> added.
Gupta had also raised questions in Delhi assembly during <g data-gr-id="29">budget</g> <g data-gr-id="30">session</g> but the government decided to go ahead.
In its excise policy notified by Delhi government on Saturday for the current financial year 2015-16, the excise department has termed the relaxations as ending the inspector raj.
According to government, the new policy will provide an opportunity for those engaged in lawful business to carry out their professional activities without any fear and at the same time the government’s tax collection will also see an increase.
The government has also allowed microbreweries to function at hotels and restaurants on seeking of licence to this effect.
“The allowing of microbreweries will make available to the citizens of Delhi, fresh beer in different flavors, as is available in other places like Gurgaon, <g data-gr-id="41">Bangaluru</g> <g data-gr-id="44">etc,”said</g> spokesperson of Delhi government.
“In order to curb the inflow of low quality economy brands of liquor in Delhi, the government has decided to enhance the sale verification limit of Economy brands of liquor from the existing requirement of sale of 60,000 cases (including sale in Delhi) to sale of 80,000 cases (excluding sale in Delhi). This will allow only <g data-gr-id="38">well established</g> economy brands to get registered in Delhi and will facilitate <g data-gr-id="37">availability</g> of quality liquor to the citizen of <g data-gr-id="39">Delhi,”added</g> the spokesperson.