Delhi parties outnumber permits as city brings in only Rs 8 crore in liquor charges in the last eleven months

By Kumar Vikram


The national Capital hosted only 16,000 liquor parties this financial year (till February 2013). The number is not a drunken guess but data, according to the revenue records of the Delhi excise department. Delhi, which is never shy of clinking glasses to celebrate every small and big occasion, has paid only Rs 8 crore for liquor permits in the past 11 months.

The revenue, though an improvement of about 15 per cent over last financial year's collection of Rs 6.96 crore, is no match to the celebrations, including marriages and other social functions, witnessed in the Capital last year.

The permits and the revenue collection reflect how ordinary citizens are blatantly violating the excise department's norms on liquor consumption. People in the city are reluctant to pay Rs 5,000 for permit to serve liquor in parties, causing revenue loss to the government.

Delhiites are ready to splurge on liquor but are not prepared to pay for their pleasure

Delhiites are ready to splurge on liquor but are not prepared to pay for their pleasure

"Although the revenue collected from liquor permits this fiscal is more than last financial year, it hardly shows the real picture.

There are a lot of violations and people still avoid paying the permit fee," a senior official of the excise department said.

The evasion of permit by residents prompted the excise department to launch a crackdown on big parties in the city.

"During the marriage season, from November onwards, we raided a number of social functions and parties and registered as many as 750 cases of violation for serving liquor without permit. Action has been initiated against the violators," added the officer.


Recalling one instance in New Delhi area, the officer said: "In December last year, we raided a marriage party inside a bungalow in New Delhi area and recovered a few bottles. We had to take action as the host could not produce the P 10 permit. The mother of the bride started crying when a case was registered with the police."

"People feel pride in throwing parties without the permits but they forget that it is a criminal offence," the officer added.

Considering the heavy excise duty levied in the city, many people procure expensive liquor from outside the city and serve it in parties in Delhi in total disregard of the excise rules.

Most of the violations are witnessed in farmhouses, banquet halls, restaurants and other public places. Speaking about a raid in a farmhouse in Chhattarpur, the official said: "We recovered many bottles of foreignmade liquor. They had committed two offences.

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First, they did not have P 10 permit. Secondly, all the bottles were brought from Haryana to evade taxes.

We booked the manager for keeping and serving non-duty paid liquor in the farmhouse," added the official. Not obtaining P 10 permit is a punishable offence under Section 33 of Delhi Excise Act, 2009.

Those found guilty may have to pay a fine up to Rs 1 lakh and serve a jail sentence of up to three years. As per the rules, one person cannot possess more than nine litres of India-made foreign liquor and three litres of country-made liquor in Delhi.

A person bringing liquor from outside the Capital cannot possess more than one litre of any category of liquor.



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