Delhi government has been in the news for its liquor policy. From rebuking the old one to implementing the new one and vice versa, a lot has happened with the state’s liquor policy. And not to forget the controversies surrounding it! But now, the Delhi government has decided to extend its current liquor policy by six months, so take note of dry days in Delhi!
Delhi Extends Liquor Policy Extended By 6 Months!
After rebuking the new liquor policy, the state government implemented the old liquor policy. And now, they have extended it by six months. The government scrapped its new liquor policy on Aug 31st due to allegations of favouritism and irregularities while granting the licence. According to the current policy, there are three hundred government vends that replaced private liquor shops. Moreover, the private licenced shops working under the ‘New Liquor Policy’ were notified that they won’t be able to retail liquor beyond Aug 31st.
Now that the policy has been extended by six months, here are five dry days that you should know about:
- Mahavir Jayanti (4th April 2023)
- Good Friday (7th April 2023)
- Buddha Purnima (5th May 2023)
- Eid-ul-Fitr (possible dates 20th Apr, 21st Apr or 22nd Apr 2023)
- Eid-ul-Zuha (possible dates 28th Apr or 29th Apr 2023)
The Old Liquor Policy
Under the old liquor policy, the ‘buy one get one’ scheme won’t be available in liquor stores. Though the private liquor shops won’t be able to operate and retail liquor, the duty-free shops at the airport will sell liquor. Under the new policy, the number of vendors skyrocketed. However, due to objections from residents and the welfare association, they weren’t able to open shops. But the old policy maps every area as conforming or nonconforming. During the controversy over the new liquor policy, Delhi Lieutenant Governor had asked for an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This led to the arrest of the former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.
Though the state government is continuing its old policy, the officials are instructed to prepare a new policy as soon as possible. So, if you are in Delhi, these five days are supposed to be ‘dry days’.
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