Kejriwal led government AAP has permitted home delivery of Liquor across Delhi stating that this service will be available because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Liquor can now be ordered via mobile application and website. The amended excise rules would allow L-13 licence holders to deliver liquor to the customers. The doorstep delivery of liquor is not allowed in hostels, offices or any institution. The notification by Delhi Government said ‘’The licence form L-13 shall make delivery of liquor at the residences only if the order is received through a mobile application or web portal and no delivery shall be made to any hostel, office and institution’’.
Under the same amendment, the drinking age has been reduced to 21 years from 25years and the bars in Delhi would serve liquor till 3 pm. As of now the website and application are in process and have not come out yet. The licence holders will also be permitted to serve liquor in open space like terraces of bars and clubs. After the announcement of lockdown, people had rushed to the liquor stores to stock up with huge queues and no social distancing. This will definitely bring relief to people. For the last few days, there has been a reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases in the capital. Delhi government has allowed construction work and industrial manufacturers to start their work.
While Arvind Kejriwal’s government has been promoting ‘home-delivery’ of Liquor, there are people who have not received free ration for over 2 months as promised by AAP. The crowd had gathered and people had been waiting for over 8 hours outside GK1 (Greater Kailash) police station for free ration. Kejriwal had announced about distributing free ration to all ration card holders in Delhi, however, the long queue and gathering explain that people did not receive the benefits. Under the scheme, 72 lakh people were supposed to receive free ration and after 2 weeks the Delhi Government amended the scheme where ration was to be given to 20 lakh people who are not eligible. According to reports a food security NGO- Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) carried out an audit where it was revealed 44 shops were distributing ration out of 110 shops.
According to reports, DRRAA received around 1.8 million SOS requested in May. Due to the negligence of the Kejriwal government, many of the people were forced to beg for food and ask from private charities, said DRRAA.
Many users expressed their sarcasm as well compared Kerjiwal’s swiftness of allowing home delivery for liquor but having a laid back attitude while the Capital was facing shortage of oxygen.
Oxygen Crisis in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP did not deal well at all with the oxygen shortage at all. An RTI had recently revealed that RS 150 crores were spent by Kejriwal on his advertisements which played almost after every 10 minutes on channels like India Today and others, no wonder they did not speak up against Arvind Kejriwal at the time of crisis when MEDIA should have raised their voice against AAP, they chose to not make an issue out of it.
Reports from Newslaundry stated that Kejriwal’s Govt removed 7 journalists belonging to Hindustan times from an official WhatsApp group after Hindustan times wrote articles criticizing AAP for their laid-back attitude towards the oxygen supply.
Screenshot of one of the reporters Sweta Goswami from Hindustan times who was removed from the WhatsApp group
It was also reported that while journalists were removed from the official group, many senior journalists kept mum about the same to avoid any kind of friction with Arvind Kejriwal. During a court hearing, the Delhi government had also denied an audit demanded by the centre stating that they have enough oxygen and would be willing to supply it to other states as well if required. However Delhi government increased its demand for oxygen every day, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated that Delhi could have easily managed with 500-600 MT if they would have done proper utilization.
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