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Liquor law brings heaps of cash in revenue for Delhi govt


By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The new liquor policy and an aggressive sale of whiskey and beer, has taken the revenue of the Delhi government to soaring heights. The revenue rate grew at a pace faster than expected and excise collections for the current financial year reached Rs. 1.757 crore on Wednesday, an increase of Rs. 452 crore from last year.

alcoholData shows that excise revenue from April 1 to September 9 was 34.67 per cent higher than last year which was Rs. 1,305 crore. The state is hoping to cross the Rs. 4,000 crore target it has set itself during the festive season starting from October end till New Year and Holi in March, 2016.

Beer sale shot up in the past one month due to relatively warm weather and less rain. Earlier, whiskey had been more in demand as the cooler weather had kept people off beer. But now, as the excise department has noted, both are climbing the consumption charts at a rapid pace and generating more revenue.

Experts monitoring duty collections and market trends believe that increase in revenue in the lean season is owed to multiple factors.

First, the new excise policy focuses on a more efficient collection system. Earlier, excise was collected at the real stage which left loopholes, creating chances for evasion of duty on the way from the distillery to wholesale and retail markets. But now, according to the new policy, duty has to be paid when the import permit is taken by a wholesaler to bring stock from a distillery to Delhi.

Second, the new policy redefines the norms for allowing the operators to function in Delhi, those selling low-end brands have been reduced. The consequences are more people shifting to non-economy high-end liquor and others have shifted to affordable country liquor. As a result, the sale of non-economy liquor brands which sold nine lakh cases (with 12 bottles in each on an average) more than last year during the same period.

Also, stringent regulations and stepped up law and order measures, have deterred smuggling and tax evasions.

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AAP brings 70 doorstep services for delhi residents. IANS

People living in Delhi can now avail 30 more services at their doorstep, including adding members in ration card, paying the motor vehicle tax and getting a DTC pass, taking the total number of such services to 70. The second phase of the doorstep delivery of public services, the official launch of which is yet to take place, has been rolled out.

Residents can dial 1076 and get the service by paying Rs 50 extra, an official from Delhi’s Administrative Reforms told IANS. The new services include booking a tour package through Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corp.

In September 2018, the Delhi government had launched the doorstep delivery of 40 public services to make things easy for the common man. In the first phase, people got certificates of marriage, caste, domicile, income, births and deaths among others at their doors.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to offer 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps. IANS

Driving license, new water or sewer connection and disconnection were also provided under the scheme which functions between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. through a ‘Mobile Sahayak’. The government had planned to roll out more services by February but they got delayed.

“Once the second phase is on track, steps to start the third phase will be initiated,” the official said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has plans to have at least 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps, the official said.

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi told IANS: “The plan initially was to take things online but we realised that people find it more easy to call a number and get the services instead of doing things online.” The tenure of the Kejriwal government will end on February 2020. (IANS)