Delhi government is asked by alcohol dealers to revive private vending licences.

Delhi Liquor Traders Association demands that retail vend private licenses be reinstated . Delhi Liquor Traders Association demands that retail vend private licenses (L-7 and L-10) be reinstated .

NEW DELHI: The Delhi liquor stores have urged the Delhi government to reinstate private liquor vend licenses issued under the old excise system.In a letter to the Excise department on Friday, the Delhi Liquor Traders Association demanded that retail vend private licenses (L-7 and L-10) be reinstated under the old regime of excise duty based legislation effective before November 17, 2021.According to the Association, the majority of former L-7 and L-10 licensees have the rights to their own owned or leased shops and will be able to provide their services as soon as September 1 if they are issued the required license.The L-7 license for retail sale of alcohol was issued for vending machines on the main roads and commercial markets, while the L-10 was intended for shops in shopping malls.

Zonel licences for 849 liquor vends were issued to successful private bidders for 849 liquor vends grouped into 32 zones around the whole city under the excise policy 2021-22, which was introduced on November 17, 2021.In a letter to the Association, the Association argued for restoring private liquor vend licenses, claiming that the L-7 and L-10 vends account for 40% of all retail stores in Delhi but account for 60% of the exchequer's total revenue.In Delhi, there were 864 retail vends before November 17, 2021, under the new excise system.These included 475 owned by Delhi government companies and 389 owned by private companies.

According to the study, no government shop was found in 28 wards and such areas were only served by privately owned liquor stores.The liquor merchants were a licensee under the old excise system for 15 to 20 years, and the Delhi Excise Department was in good shape.Nonetheless, they are now out of work, according to Naresh Goel, president of the organization.