The Kejriwal led Delhi Government made an announcement today that the old excise policy for Delhi is being extended for further six months. In the interim the government is working on the new excise policy that has been in the news in recent times, following the recommendations made by LG VK Saxena after the CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in its implementation.
The extension also marks as a blow to the Delhi private players who were looking to keep their shops open having invested heavily in procuring licenses. For the consumer this also means that the offers made by private players have also disappeared since the old policy uses government-run liquor vendors.
The former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi was recently arrested alleging the irregularities in the new policy, which was believed to be favouring certain players. The ED in their case also stated that kickbacks were provided by the players to the government, which lead to the dismissal of 11 excise officials as well following the probe.
It is believed that Delhi was looking to compete with Haryana with its new policy offering lucrative discounts to the consumers, who often prefer liquor shops in Gurugram, since they offer massive discounts as opposed to most states in India.