Liquor dealers unwilling to order large quantities, causing shortages in Delhi

Liquor traders fear that if they order in bulk, they will be under pressure to clear supplies by the end of this month after their license expires on August 31.

The capital is not experiencing a liquor crisis only for premium brands, even non-premium brands are not available in many outlets.

Meanwhile, a total of six zone licensees have opted out of the extension and given up their licenses even as private shops reopened on Tuesday following LG VK Saxena’s approval for a one-month extension. This resulted in the closure of 126 stores out of a total of 468 stores currently operating in the city.

Currently, there are no liquor stores open in areas such as Greater Kaliash, Daryaganj, Punjabi Bagh, Chittaranjan Park, Paharganj, Sarita Vihar, Anand Vihar and Shakarpur, among others.

The city is divided into 32 zones for the implementation of the new excise policy by the Delhi government. However, out of the 32 zones, 16 zone permits have been submitted.

By contrast, the bars and restaurants in town serve liquor as usual now.

Speaking to IANS, Rahul Singh, trustee, National Restaurant Association of India, said the license renewal has been a relief because at least they can continue to serve liquor.

“Wholesalers are allowed to supply liquor to retailers who in turn supply us. We had the old regime for years. So whatever the government decides, we can only follow,” Singh said.

However, this protracted approach to excise policy has confused consumers and has also had an impact on supply chain management.

“This start-stop-start mode or a short-term extension of a month only disrupts the supply chain. This is to the detriment of all stakeholders, be it government, producers, traders as well as consumers,” said Vinod Giri, Director General, Indian Confederation of Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC).

Disclaimer: This story was collected automatically by a computer program and has not been created or edited by FreshersLIVE.Publisher : IANS-Media

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