Delhi government warns bars and clubs; Action will be taken on serving non-2D bar-coded liquor

The Excise Department of the Delhi government has warned of stringent action against all clubs, hotels, and restaurants in the capital Delhi that if they are found serving liquor to customers from 2D bar-code bottles.

The move has been taken by the Excise Department after the irregularities found during an inspection where some bars did not have 2D bar-codes on the wine and beer bottles being served and the ones on which they were made were unreadable.

Deputy Commissioner Rajit Singh said in an order that this action should be viewed very seriously. The absence of a 2D bar-code on the bottle will be treated as non-duty paid liquor and strict action will be taken against them. The official said the bar code shows that excise duty has been paid on this wine and also indicates that the liquor being served and sold to people is not fake.

There are more than 1,000 hotels, clubs and restro-bars in the capital, which have licenses to serve liquor to their customers. The Deputy Commissioner has instructed all these establishments to stick the 2D bar-code with cello tape to ensure that it does not deteriorate when the wine is served from the bottle by the bar staff.

He said, in an order issued on 23 February that the non-2D bar code on the bottle would be treated as unpaid liquor in the licensed premises and strict action will be taken against the licensee as per Delhi Excise Act 2009 and Delhi Excise Rules, 2010.

During the lockdown triggered by COVID-19 last year, the excise department allowed restro-bars, hotels, and clubs to sell their beer stocks expiring by July 15 at liquor stores to reduce their financial losses was. The shelf life of the beer is about six months.

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Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.