Residents of Delhi, who are planning to host a party or a family get-together, no longer have to go through cumbersome paperwork or make multiple visits to government offices to procure the special licence needed to store excess alcohol.
The Delhi government’s revamped excise policy has made the entire process — of procuring a licence to store liquor in excess of the individual possession limit — online.
“The process to procure a L-30 license… has been made online. Considering the profile of such clients, this service would not require any paperwork or visit to offices,” said a government official.
Under Rule 20 of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, the L-30 licence is issued to individuals possessing ‘intoxicants’ in excess of the limits prescribed in the rules and purchased from a retailer.
Under the rule, the limit for foreign and Indian liquor like whiskey, rum, gin, vodka and brandy is nine litres per individual while that for wine, beer, liqueur, cider and alcopop is eight litres. The limit for foreign liquor while entering Delhi is two litres per person.
According to the rule, the L-30 license is issued by the deputy excise commissioner for a specific limit above the individual limit, to be determined according to the individual case, on payment of the prescribed fee for one year.
“Most people stocking 100-150 bottles at home come from the higher strata of the society. Before we made the processing of the L-30 licence online, they would be required to come to office and submit their ID proof to obtain the licence. This would take more time and they would be required to make more trips to the excise office. With the process made easy, more people will be encouraged to procure the L-30 licence and this will generate more revenue for the government,” said an excise department official.
Government officials estimate that at least 1,000 such licences may be procured in Delhi every year.
The proposal to make the processing of L-30 licences online was first put forward by the excise department in September last year. It was made operational in February and the excise department has already issued more than 10 L-30 licenses online.
The move was among the initiatives taken by the excise department to ensure “ease of doing business”. Now that the process is completely online, a person can apply for the L-30 licence on the excise department website and receive the license through e-mail.
The excise department has also simplified the process of registering banquets, gyms and spas by ensuring that the process of registration can be completed online. “Earlier, registrations were held up until documents were verified.. That is why this process was simplified and made online,” explained an excise official.