Old excise policy likely to be extended: Sources

New Delhi: The old excise regime implemented on September 1 last year in Delhi is likely to be extended, sources said. The existing policy is set to expire on September 30.

The sources said on Monday that the new policy is yet to be announced by the Delhi government.

The government scrapped its new policy and returned to the old one after Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena in July last year recommended a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the implementation of the former.

The existing excise policy was implemented on September 1, 2022 as a stopgap arrangement till a new policy is prepared and implemented by the Delhi government. This policy was scheduled to expire on March 31 but the Delhi government extended it for six months until September 30.

Meanwhile, the excise licence holders for the hotel, club and restaurant (HCR) category are facing issues in police verification required

for renewal of their permits, said Manpreet Singh, treasurer of National Restaurant Association (NRAI).

He said that renewal of excise licences by September 30 is likely to be affected as police are not accepting applications for verification saying that they cannot entertain individuals.

An HCR category licence is renewed annually and this year, it needs to be done by September 30 as the existing policy lapses on this date.

“Police have said that the verification process needs to be moved through some government agency or department and not by individuals. Also, they have expressed inability to process a large number of verifications in such a short period of time,” Singh said.

However, he claimed that the excise department has “assured” that there will be no issue in renewal of HCR category licences due to police verification.

“The officials at the department have said that the issue of police verification will be sorted at the department level and further instructions will be issued,” he said.

No immediate reaction was available from the Delhi Police and the excise department on the issue.

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