The Delhi government has directed its agencies not to issue P-10 liquor permits to independent restaurants hosting functions and parties, citing excise revenue loss. It has come to the notice of the excise department that many independent restaurants were using P-10 permits to host functions and parties where liquor was served, officials said on Wednesday.

The department has already debarred such restaurants from hosting functions using the P-10 permits as they are eligible for obtaining excise licences, they said.

“These restaurants use P-10 permits to get liquor instead of having excis licence to serve liquor because of the higher licence fee. This leads to excise revenue loss to the state exchequer,” said a senior excise officer.

A recent order issued by the excise department said, “All the L-6 retail vends are directed to ensure that no P-10 Permits be issued to the independent restaurants for hosting functions.”

“Non-compliance of the order will be viewed seriously and stern action including cancellation of licence may be taken against the defaulter L-6 vends,” it said.

Four Delhi government agencies — Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi Consumers Cooperative Wholesale Store, and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation — run more than 650 liquor stores in the city.

A P-10 licence can be obtained on payment of INR 10,000 (except for motels, banquet hall and farm houses where P-10 license fee is INR 15,000 ) for service of liquor in any party, function, marriage and such other events.

As per conditions for issuing P-10 licences, the specific premises should not be any public park or such other place, and must be screened off from public view. Also, liquor should not be served to a person below 25 years of age.

A P-10 licence holder can purchase liquor from maximum three vends.

The officials said there are 935 hotels, clubs and restaurants in the city with excise licence to run bar at their premises. On the other hand, ther are 5,374 independent restaurants that are eligible for excise licence but do not have it, they said.

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