What prohibition? Delhi liquor distributors strictly asked to maintain unlimited supply

The Delhi Excise Department has warned of strict action against alcohol distributors who do not ensure at least a week's worth of stock of all approved liquor brands.

At a time when states in the country are looking to implement total prohibition, Delhi is moving in the complete opposite direction.

Not only does Delhi not want a ban on alcohol in the national capital, the state's excise department wants to make sure that tipplers in the city never run short of booze.

The Delhi excise department today asked all distributors to ensure an "uninterrupted supply" of alcohol. They have also been directed to regularly supply information about their liquor stock to the excise department.

The order asks distributors to maintain at least a week's worth of stock of all approved liquor brands in order to ensure that the state never runs out of alcohol.

"All L 1 licensees (wholesale suppliers of liquor) have been directed to maintain at least one week's stock of all the brands approved for sale in Delhi. Apart from this, they have also been asked to submit weekly stock position on the first working day of every week to the Assistant Commissioner (excise)," an official told news agency PTI.

As per Rule 89 of the Excise Rules (2010), all distributors of liquor are bound to maintain a stock of liquor as may be laid down from time to time by the Excise Commissioner.

The excise department has warned of strict action against distributors who do not comply with the new directive, which seems to have been sparked by complaints of some liquor brands being unavailable at shops.

The order comes just two days before the city observes a dry day on account of counting of votes for the MCD election 2017.

Notably, two states in the country - Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh - recently announced that they would be moving towards total prohibition.

(With inputs from PTI)

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