Seven new destinations for pilgrimage scheme

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved seven new destinations for the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana; the Excise Policy for 2019-20; and the construction of 144 temporary courtrooms at three district courts here.

Chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Cabinet approved the Department of Revenue’s proposal for the addition of seven routes in the pilgrimage scheme.

These include round trips from Delhi to Rameshwaram-Madurai, Tirupati, Dwarkadhish-Nageswar, Jagannath Puri-Konark-Bhubaneshwar, Shirdi-Shani Shingnapur, Ujjain-Onkareshwar and Bodh Gaya-Sarnath. In addition, in the existing Ajmer-Pushkar tour, Haldi Ghati destination has been added.

The Cabinet also approved the Department of Law’s proposal to construct 144 temporary courtrooms in the existing court complexes of Tis Hazari, Saket and Karkardooma at a cost of around ₹178.37 crore.

The Cabinet also approved the Excise Policy for 2019-20. A main objective of the police is to wean people away from hard liquor.

Excise licence

The second objective of the policy, a statement read, was to improve the quality of service and to ensure better availability of authorised liquor so that people do not fall prey spurious liquor.

Restaurants that do not have “permanent excise licence” will now not be able to serve liquor at parties and functions on their premises.

Earlier, such establishments would procure P-10 (temporary licence) to serve liquor for specific events on the request of organisers, resulting in a loss of revenue to the government.

Now, farmhouses, banquet halls and other places will be registered with the Excise Department for hosting parties where liquor is to be served. “The independent restaurants, which are otherwise eligible to obtain L-17/L-17F, L-18/L-18F licences, shall be completely debarred from hosting functions on P-10 permits,” the statement read.

This registration, however, will not be applicable for individuals applying for P-10 to host functions at “private residential properties, parks or community centres owned and maintained by local municipal bodies/gram sabha/cantonment board”.

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