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The Delhi government is expected to open 500 retail liquor stores by August 31 and another 200 by the end of the year, a state-appointed panel has said to ensure a smooth transition to the policy. earlier, as authorities work overtime to ensure Delhi does not. face a crippling supply shortage when the old regime comes into effect on September 1.

The recommendation has been submitted for review to the Ministry of Finance, which officials say is likely to accept the suggestions. HT saw a copy of the report.

Four government liquor agencies will roll out at least two premium sales in August and 20 by December 31 this year, according to the report.

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While details on the outlines of the high-end stores are still hazy, officials familiar with the matter said they will be larger than regular liquor sales and will be open in “high-end areas.” range”.

“Store sizes will also depend on the availability of space and premium sales will be opened in high-end areas. The committee’s objective is to ensure that all areas can be well served and that there ‘there is no underserved area,’ the state government official said.

The report is part of a series of measures taken by the government to ensure that Delhi does not run dry once it reverts to the previous excise policy that was in place before the regime came into effect. 2021-22. The reversal came after LG VK Saxena last month asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate alleged breaches and irregularities in the 2021-22 excise policy, which was due to expire on July 31 this year. .

Manish Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s excise and finance minister, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing “dirty politics to promote alcohol mafia” in Delhi. On July 30, he said the private store closure arrangement would be temporary (for about six months) until a new excise policy was put in place under which new tenders will need to be launched for private entities.

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Vinod Giri, chief executive of the Indian Alcoholic Beverage Business Confederation (CIABC), said competition in the private liquor business leads to retail innovation, wide product choice and experience. quality customer.

“States like Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which have a government monopoly on retail, are known to have very poor customer experience and little product choice. The government must balance its own presence, if it wishes, with enough private retail. In all circumstances, the most important thing is to have a consistent and predictable long-term excise policy to help the industry plan and execute properly for the benefit of all stakeholders,” Giri said.

The Excise Committee also recommended a common criterion for deciding the rent these agencies pay for the spaces from which they operate liquor sales.

“Rent may not be uniform from region to region, but overall rental expenses are capped at 15% of expected profit on liquor sales,” another committee member said. A 15% cap exception may be allowed if the sale is located in a mall or other shopping complex for the purpose of opening premium sales, the recommendation says.

A Delhi government official said the committee was asked to identify areas for each of the four government agencies where sales will be opened by them, in addition to identifying and fixing the number of stores to be opened by the four agencies. .

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