AAP Charges Delhi Lt. Governor With Massive Losses Due To New Alcohol Regulations

Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia accused Lieutenant Governor of misconduct in the new excise scheme . The new excise scheme was rolled back after a CBI probe into its implementation .

New Delhi: Mr Sisodia, the state's deputy chief minister, accused the Lieutenant Governor of misconduct in the new excise scheme, which was rolled back after a CBI probe into its implementation, causing a loss of tens of thousands of crores to the state government, he said.According to him, there were up to 20 shops in one district, but none in others.The old excise system was proposed by the then LG sir, who carefully read it.The policy states that the number of vends can not exceed 849, and that the shops will be distributed equally in all Delhi areas.In unauthorised colonies, there will also be shops.

Mr Sisodia accused the LG of changing his position after the file to open the shops reached him in November, adding that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) were required to grant the operation.Consequently, the licensees suffered, and many of them were affected by the LG sahib's decision.Mr Sisodia said that the state government lost thousands of crores of rupees when the decision was changed 48 hours before shops were to open, although some shopkeepers benefited greatly at their expense.He said that the LG forced the government to change its decision.

The Excise Policy 2022-23, which was extended twice after March 31 for a period of two months each, will end on July 31.The draft plan is reportedly yet to be submitted to Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena for his approval by the CBI.According to news agency PTI, the LG today suspended 11 officials, including ex-Delhi excise commissioner Arav Gopi Krishna, for violating rules and procedural bounds in the implementation of the excise policy 2021-22.