Beer-lovers in Delhi may soon be able to save a ride to Gurgaon for a freshly-brewed glass of beer. The Delhi government’s new excise policy now permits microbreweries in restaurants and hotels.
“The government has decided that microbreweries will now be allowed to function at hotels and restaurants after seeking a licence to this effect,” a government official said.
In a meeting held on Thursday, the Delhi cabinet also approved the government’s excise policy for 2015-16, giving relief for restaurant-owners through a decision not to enhance the excise duty this year. The duty has been increased during the last two financial years.
The government, officials said, also decided to spare restaurant and hotel owners the rigmarole of seeking renewal from various departments as part of their annual renewal of licences. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “For various businesses, the businessmen are made to run from one department to another for annual renewal of their licences. Licence Raj continues in Delhi to some extent. We want to put an end to this.”
As far as businesses go, he said the government has also decided to form a two-member committee comprising the finance secretary and the information technology secretary who will review the licenses required by businessmen until July 31.
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