Delhi Government reduces the legal drinking age from 25 to 21

The Delhi government on Monday announced that the legal drinking age of liquor in Delhi has been reduced to 21 from 25
The Delhi government on Monday announced that the legal drinking age of liquor in Delhi has been reduced to 21 from 25

 

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Monday announced that the AAP government has reduced the legal drinking age for consumption of liquor to 21 years from 25 years.

Major Key Points

  • The government also said that no new liquor shops will be opened in the city.
  • However, Delhi was among a few states and Union territories that had a higher age bar even as the rest of the country had moved on and reduced the legal drinking age.
  • Hence, In what can prove to be a major game-changer.
  • The government has also announced that it will exit the liquor business.

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Important points that Manish Sisodia said in Press Conference Related to Legal Drinking Age

  • Running liquor shops is not the responsibility of the government,” Manish Sisodia said while adding that unlicensed liquor stores in the national capital will also be shut.
  • The new excise policy was approved by the Cabinet today on basis of the recommendations of the Group of Ministers.
  • However, No new liquor shops will be opened in the national capital.
  • Hence, at present, 60 percent of liquor shops in Delhi are run by the government and the government will not run any liquor shops.

New Excise Policy expected to raise revenue by 20% Manish Sisodia said in Press Conference

  • Manish Sisodia said that suggestions have been submitted to abolish the license recommendation system for the hospitality and restaurant sector.
  • However, he emphasized that strict measures will be taken to ensure there is no tax evasion, adding that the new Excise Policy is expected to increase revenue by 20 percent.
  • The government will ensure equitable distribution of liquor shops so that liquor mafia are thrown out of the trade.
  • Hence, revenue growth of 20 percent is estimated after the reforms in the excise department.

Rules Related to Sale of Liquor to above 21 years old

  • Among other metropolitan cities, hard liquor is banned for those under 25 in Mumbai allowing only wine and beer.
  • While nearly 60 percent of the 28 states and eight Union territories in India allow the sale of liquor to those above 21 years old.
  • However, Delhi is also among the states that reduce the legal drinking age to 21 years of age yesterday.
  • The others being Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli.
  • According to the new rules, liquor shops in Delhi will be allowed to open only if they are set up in a space of 500 sq ft.
  • In addition to the new legal drinking age rule, the windows in such stores should not face the road.

List of Legal Drinking age in some of the states and UTs in India –

  • Delhi – 25 now 21
  • Haryana – 25
  • Punjab – 25
  • Chandigarh (UT) – 25
  • Uttar Pradesh – 21
  • Uttarakhand – 21
  • Himachal Pradesh – 18
  • Rajasthan – 18
  • Jammu and Kashmir – 21
  • Ladakh – 21
  • Maharashtra – 21 (for beer/wine), 25 (for hard liquor)
  • Madhya Pradesh – 21
  • Sikkim – 18
  • Meghalaya – 18
  • West Bengal – 21
  • Kerala is the only state in India where the legal drinking age is 23.
  • The sale of alcohol is banned in five states namely, Gujarat, Bihar, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura.

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