Permit also private alcohol vending machines to run: trader to government

Delhi Liquor Traders Association says Delhi Liquor Traders Association wants to replace private retail licenses with government stores . Delhi Liquor Traders Association says Delhi Liquor Traders Association had a fruitful partnership with the Delhi excise department .

Delhi Liquor Traders Association said in a letter to the excise commissioner in 2021, the government declared that it will only sell liquor from government-run stores beginning September 1, that private shop owners who operated private shops until September 2021 lost their licenses as a result of the new excise policy.We have, by contrast, adhered to all applicable laws and excise rules.For 15-20 years, we had a fruitful partnership with the Delhi excise department.The vast majority of us are still unemployed.

The excise department had divided Delhi into 32 zones and given licenses to larger establishments under the new excise scheme.With controversies swirling around the contentious agenda, the government has decided to return to the old excise scheme, but only the government enterprises have been allowed to open shops since September 1.Private operators operated 475 of 864 shops in Delhi under the new excise program, according to the liquor trade body, despite owning only 40% of the total retail liquor market in Delhi during the old excise system.Private retailers contributed 60% of the liquor sales to the state exchequer in 272 MCD wards, while in 28, only privately owned wine shops were found.

Delhi's middle class preferred to shop at private shops because we had a broad range of brands, self-service options, and premium outlets, Goyal said.Though private companies were still scouting for parking for their stores, Goyal said that the bulk of private licensees had their own space.