The Delhi government has allowed home delivery of liquor in the national Capital through websites and mobile applications by making a legal provision for it.
The provision has been included in the Delhi Excise (Amendment) Rules, 2021. The news broke on Monday, read the original tweet here: ANI.
Excise officials explained that the new rule does not allow every liquor retailer to deliver alcohol to customers’ homes. Home delivery of liquor will be restricted to a specific type of license holder. Only L-13 license holders are now permitted to receive liquor at their homes in Delhi, as stated by an anonymous source in Hindustan Times.
The previous excise rules also included L-13 permits for delivery service. The new excise rules apply to L-13 licenses for home delivery of Indian and foreign liquor. The licensee may deliver liquor to residences only if the order is received via a mobile app or online web portal, and no deliveries shall be made to any hostel, office, or institution.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed the move, saying it reflected the Aam Aadmi Party government’s “misplaced priorities.” BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana made his comments on AAP and its governance saying, “While Delhi was reeling from the brutal second wave of Covid-19 over the last two months, the Delhi government was busy working with the liquor mafia to change these rules.”