Excise Comm empowered to declare dry days for closure of liquor outlets in Delhi: Officials
New Delhi: A notification issued by the Finance department of Delhi government has empowered the Excise Commissioner to declare dry days for closure of liquor outlets in the city, officials said on Friday.
The proposal of the Excise department on the declaration of dry days was earlier sent for approval of the chief minister, they said.
Last month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved a proposal of the Excise department for declaring Muharram, July 29, Independence Day, August 15, Janmashtami, September 7, and Eid-e-Milad on September 28, as dry days.
However, the notification issued by the Finance department on July 28 stated that the Excise Commissioner with prior concurrence of the principal secretary (finance) can exercise the power of the government for the purpose.
“In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 8 of Delhi Excise Act, 2009 (10 of 2010), the Hon’ble Lt. Governor of National Capital Territory of Delhi hereby directs that the power of “Government” under Rule 52 of Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, may be exercised by Commissioner (Excise) with prior concurrence of Pr. Secretary (Finance), GNCTD,” read the notification. Rule 52 of the Excise Rules 2010 deals with declaration of dry days and conditions applicable to it.
“No licensee shall sell liquor on the days, which are notified as dry days by the Excise Commissioner, with the previous approval of the Government from time to time,” says Rule 52 (1). It excludes hotels, bars, clubs and such other excise licensees.