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AAP Blames Delhi’s Ex Lt Governor For Big Loss Under New Liquor Policy -by Ecork

About 300 to 350 stores could not open because LG changed its stand, Manish Sisodia said.

New Delhi:

The Delhi government today accused former state lieutenant governor Anil Baijal of corruption in the new excise policy – which was reversed after a CBI probe into its implementation – causing loss of “thousands of crores” to the state government. Chief Minister Manish Sisodia earlier attacked the LG, recommending a CBI probe into his alleged sudden change of heart which the Aam Aadmi Party said was done to benefit a few liquor shop owners.

“Due to the change of decision in the LG office, some vendors got a profit of thousands of crores and the government lost thousands of crores,” he said, adding that the new Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 benefited some people as it did not get you are allowed to eat. well implemented.

Anil Baijal was the Delhi LG when the Arvind Kejriwal government prepared the new excise policy, which was implemented on November 17, 2021.

In the new excise policy which was passed in May 2021, it was decided that there would be an equal number of liquor shops in every district, Mr. Sisodia said. In the past there were up to 20 shops in one place, while there were none in some others, he said.

“The new excise law went to the LG sir then, he read it carefully. It is clearly written in the policy that the number of shops cannot exceed 849, and the shops will be evenly distributed in all the districts across Delhi. are shops in unauthorized colonies. LG sahib approved it after reading it completely. The policy was approved by LG sahib, without objection,” he said.

Mr. Sisodia then accused the LG of changing its stand once the file to open the shops reached him.

The proposal to open the shops in the first week of November has already reached the LG, he said, adding that in November, he made a new condition that the approval of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi ( MCD) will do. has to be taken to open a shop in an unauthorized colony.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that earlier this was not the case, and only approval from the LG was required.

“Because of this, the licensees suffered, many suffered because the LG sahib changed the decision. The licensees went to court because their shops could not open while some traders benefited a lot at their expense,” he said.

Mr. Sisodia said the state government lost “thousands of crores of rupees” because the decision was changed 48 hours before the shops were to open.

About 300 to 350 stores could not open because the former LG had changed its stance, he said.

Asking a CBI inquiry into the reversal of the decision, Mr. Sisodia asked if someone pressed the LG. “It should also be investigated if the former LG took the decision under pressure and whether any Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had anything to do with it,” he added.

Excise duty 2021-22, which was extended twice after March 31 for a period of two months each, will come to an end on July 31.

The excise department is also working on the Excise Policy 2022-23 which recommends, among other things, domestic delivery of liquor in Delhi. The launch order is yet to be sent to Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena for his approval.

VK Saxena has recommended a CBI probe into the violation of rules and regulations in the implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22, under which licenses have been issued to private companies for retail sale of liquor in the city. divided into 32 regions.

LG today also suspended 11 officials, including former excise commissioner-Delhi Arav Gopi Krishna, over lapses in implementation of excise policy, news agency PTI reported citing sources.

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