The Delhi government on Saturday enforced a new excise policy aimed at ending ‘inspector raj’, paving the way for the establishment of microbreweries in hotels and restaurants in the national capital.
“The new policy will provide an opportunity for those engaged in lawful businesses to carry out their professional activities without any fear. At the same time, the government’s tax collection will also see an increase,” said a government statement.
The new policy will allow microbreweries to function at hotels and restaurants after procuring the requisite licence. “Due to the new policy, fresh beer in different flavours will be available to citizens of Delhi, as is already available in other places like Gurgaon, Bengaluru etc,” said a government official.
With the new policy in place, the government has also decided to do away with the present renewal system of excise licences for hotels, clubs and restaurants. The licences will remain valid merely on payment of prescribed annual fee.
Under the policy, which will be effective from Saturday, the excise duty will be collected from the wholesale licencee at import level itself, which means that excise duty on liquor will be received much before it enters the territorial jurisdiction of Delhi.
“This decision will prevent the pilferage of excise duty to a great extent and allow only well-established and serious stakeholders to participate in supply of liquor,” a government official said.
In an effort to curb the inflow of low-quality economy brands of liquor in Delhi, the government has also 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 well established economy brands to get registered in Delhi and will facilitate availability of quality liquor to the citizen of Delhi,” the government’s statement said.