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Excise Department


(i)Encouraging the shift from High Alcohol to Low Alcoholic drinks, the Government has reduced the rates of duty on wine. The rates of duty on beer is already on the lower side compared to the hard liquor, thereby making the availability of beer/wine at attractive rates exhorting people to consume low alcoholic drinks compared to high alcoholic drinks. There has been an increase in the consumption of beer over the last few years as reflected in the given below table. However, there has been a decline in the sale of beer in some year as is evident from below given tabulation.


Year Sales of Beer in Bottles Sale of IMFL in bottles Sale of Country Liquor in bottles
1994-95 18797645 29784767 15304848
1995-96 26753113 31100383 17813584
1996-97 28852880 39999614 27470904
1998-99 36570636 47567740 31920975
1999-2000 32111134 44707386 33513108
2000-2001 32394000 42969000 36794000
2001-2002 33960000 46406000 46142645
2002-2003 43527000 51848000 57451000

(ii) Dry Delhi

For every Excise Year, the Government of N.C.T of Delhi notifies the number of dry days.  The Excise Year commences on 1st July and comes to an end on 30th June.  For the current Excise Year, the Government has declared 21 dry days including three National holidays.  It has been observed that normally people are confused about implications of a dry day. 

  It may be clarified that on dry days, sale and supply of liquor will remain suspended meaning thereby all the whole salers of country liquor as well as IMFL / Beer will not make the supply of liquor and all the retail vends will remain closed.  But service of liquor in licensed Bars / Hotels / Clubs and Restaurants is permissible even on dry days except on three National holidays. 


Even on the three National holidays, there is no bar on service of liquor in the rooms by the hotels provided they have obtained L-3 license for room service. 


Not only this, on the National holidays, even  L-20 / L-49A licenses are not granted. These  are special temporary licenses granted for service of liquor in parties/functions.  These licenses may however, be granted on other dry days.


It may be clarified that there is no ban for service of liquor by anyone at his residence provided the liquor served  is authorised and is  within the permissible limits.


          The list of the dry days is given below:


1.                 Three National Holidays

26th January – Republic Day

2nd October – Gandhi Jayanti

15th August – Independence Day


2.                 Religious/importance days:


i.                  Ram Navami

ii.                Guru Ravi Das Jayanti

iii.             Mahashiv Ratri

iv.              Id-ul-Zuha

v.                Maharishi Dayanand Jayanti

vi.              Holi

vii.           Good Friday

viii.         Id-ul-Fitre

ix.              Mahavir Jayanti

x.                 Muharam

xi.              Budh Purnima

xii.            Milad Un Nabi

xiii.         Krishna Janmashtmi

xiv.          Dussehra

xv.            Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti

xvi.          Diwali

xvii.       Guru Nanak’s Birthday

xviii.     Guru Teg Bahadur Martydom Day

(iii) Self Service Vends

For the convenience of liquor consumers, Govt. tries to streamline the functioning of liquor vends through various measures. Thus it has introduced concept of self-service vends thereby giving facility to customer to select the brands of his choice in the vends. it has been decided in the Excise Policy of Year 2002-2003 that all L-2/L-52 vend in Delhi should be operated on the concept of self service. This has helped in reducing mal-practices and corruption at the vend .  

(iv) Ban an Advertisments and other Sale Promotions

The Delhi Govt. has also ensured effective check on promotional activity with regard to sale of liquor. While restrictions on advertisement in press or any kind of display in show window etc. in public places were already in force, the Policy on advertisement on TV was reviewed by the Govt. and  it was brought in to conformity with advertisement code for commercial advertising as laid down in Cable Television (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Cable T.V. Networks Rules, 1994.

(v) Check on Liquor Smuggling as a Measure to Increase Revenue :

The Govt. is very strict in dealing with smuggling of liquor. The success of Govt. is reflected in its ever increasing revenue collection in last six years. In 1994-95, the total revenue collection by the department was 308.45 crores which increased to  Rs 610.58 crores in 2001-2002.

(vi) Revenue Growth

Excise Department

Financial Year Revenue Collected (Rs. in Crores)
1994-95 308.45
1995-96 335.75
1996-97 446.10
1997-98 545.00
1998-99 526.50
1999-2000 566.00
2000-2001 560.00
2001-2002 610.58
2002-2003 725.29
2003-2004 708.36
2004-2005 858.10
2005-2006 1015.0
2006-2007 1147.0
2007-2008 1166(Target)

Entt. Tax Department

Financial Year Revenue Collected (Rs. in Crores) 
1994-95 29.21
1995-96 34.94
1996-97 36.09
1997-98 40.20
1998-99 46.20
1999-2000 48.12
2000-2001 47.82
2001-2002 50.49
2002-2003 51.49
2003-2004 37.36
2004-2005 39.01
2005-2006 42.62
2006-2007 44.48
2007-2008 50.00(Target)

Luxury Tax Deptt.

Financial Year Revenue Collected (Rs. in Crores)
1996-97 37
1997-98 126
1998-99 121.5
1999-2000 114.81(*)
2000-2001 85.00
2001-2002 71.19
2002-2003 65.44
2003-2004 89.44
2004-2005 149.30
2005-2006 214.81
2006-2007 292.26
2007-2008 360(Target)

* Changed from Rack Rate to Actual Rate.

Quick Redressal

The Excise department promises quick responses to its clients for their works. The department promises to do so within the stipltated time frame.

Written Inquiries Within Ten Working Days
Casual visitors Received and/or given appointment within 30 minutes
Acknowledgements of returns/ declaration/ intimation
  1. On the spot written receipt to bearers
  2. Those received by dak-within 10 days
Settlement of dispute Within 15 days of response to final notice.
Visitors with prior Appointment Immediate
Within visitor’s Hours Daily
Casual visitors Received and/or given appointment within 30 minutes
Request for information Disposal within 10 days

Courtesy to the client will be watch word of the department and will be brought home through motivational workshops.

Commitment Towards Public Service

Excise Control Laboratory

The Excise department discharges the responsibility of making available safe and quality liquor to the consumers. To accomplish this task the department is equipped with an excise control laboratory furnished with modern equipment to test various kinds of liquor being sold in Delhi. This laboratory helps the department to provide quality country liquor to the consumers and check the supply of illicit liquor in the NCT of Delhi. It is the main testing lab for all kinds of liquor and other intoxicants, seized in huge quantities by the police and Excise Intelligence Bureau.

 Details of the Samples Tested in Excise Control Lab

Year Seized Samples  Sale Samples 
1998-1999 78319 20440
1999-2000 65438 22607
2000-2001 45360 27383
2001-2002 50587 34454
2002-2003 20613 39596


Excise Intelligence Bureau

In addition to keeping competitive-prices to deter the smuggling of liquor, the department has also set up an Excise Intellegence Bureau (E.I.B.) to frighten the smugglers of liquor who mainly trade in spurious liquor, which is a health harzard to the consumers. The bureau is very active and always vigilant in detecting and seizing stocks of unauthorized smuggled liquor. This is evident from the numbers of seizure it has made over the years, as reflected in the given table. This policing body of the department also checks other offences and violations of the excise laws.

Period No of cases Persons Arrested Vehicle Seized
1995-96 97 131 44
1996-97 123 141 40
1997-98 141 215 56
1998-99 435 499 132
1999-2000 612 713 251
2000-2001 773 850 247
2001-2002 860 963 346
2002-2003 1023 1088 266
2003-2004 1296 1436 246
2004-2005 2080 2264 313
2005-2006 3625 3701 263
2006-2007 5421 5485 322

(viii) Contribution to Consumer Protection


  • Through regulating retail trade of liquor.
  • Through quality control
  • Through opening more self service liquor vends.


  • Through controlling the Cinema Ticket prices of the lower class.
  • Through granting tax exemption to circus, puppet shows, magic shows etc.
  • Granting tax exemption to registered societies of arts & theaters.
  • Through exempting films with messages of social significance, and important international & international award winning movies.

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