Delhi reduces number of 'dry days' from 21 to 3
The Delhi excise department has reduced the number of dry days in the national capital to just three this year, down from 21. Dry days will now be observed solely on Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15), and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). The new excise policy with the proposal to cut the number of dry days was notified last year.
Why does this story matter?
- Compared to most other Indian states and union territories, Delhi's 21 dry days was among the highest in the country.
- In March 2021, Delhi's excise minister Manish Sisodia had promised to reduce the number of dry days in the national capital.
- However, the new policy does not apply to the service of alcohol to guests in hotels with an L-15 license.
What does the order say?
"In pursuance of the provisions of Rule 52 of Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, it is hereby ordered that - Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti - shall be observed as 'dry day' in the national capital by all the licensees of the excise department and vends located in Delhi for the year 2022," said Deputy Commissioner (Excise) Anand Kumar Tiwari in the order.
Government may update dry days later
From time to time, the government may declare any other day of the year as a dry day, said Tiwari in the order. "The licensees shall not be entitled to any compensation on account of any changes effected in the above list," he said. This order must be displayed in a prominent location on licensed premises, the order further stated.
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