DELHI CABINET APPROVES EXCISE POLICY FOR 2016-17
New Delhi(N4C Desk)- The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting on Tuesday chaired by the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal approved the annual excise policy for the year 2016-17.
The policy states no new licences will be provided for opening liquor shops (under L6 and L7 categories) during the current financial year.
Only L10 licences will be granted for opening shops in shopping malls.
The highlight of the policy is that recently constituted Mohalla Sabhas will decide about the location of a liquor shop in their residential areas.
In case 10 percent voters in a particular Mohalla Sabha file a complaint about any liquor vend in their residential locality, then a Mohalla Sabha meeting can be organised by 15 per cent of its members, making a quorum.
To encourage the role of women in decision-making, it will be mandatory that 33 per cent of women should participate in such meetings.
“If a Mohalla Sabha decides by two-thirds majority against having a liquor vend in the area, the government will immediately shift it from that place,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
He also said that every liquor shop owner/manager will now be responsible for maintaining decorum around the shop, failing which they will face strict action, including cancellation of the licence.