Interview with Anil Kadiyan, Deputy excise and taxation commissioner, Gurgaon
Are you aware of unauthorised sale of liquor brands in Gurgaon?
No. As far as I know, there is no unauthorised sale of brands in Gurgaon. The city's wine shops are approved and authorised by the excise department. These vends are allotted following a transparent tender procedure yearly.
We have reports that a sizable percentage of IMFL/ IFL market is controlled by bootleggers. Do you agree?
There could be stray incidents of someone selling IFL sourced from outside Gurgaon. According to me, there are no bootleggers in this city and our shops in posh areas are highly reputed. They do not believe in selling illegal brands.
What steps are you taking to discourage unaauthorised sale of liquor?
We conduct regular raids and keep checking the stock with wholesalers as well as retailers. According to the new policy, which will be effective from April 1, all bottles will have 3D holograms which are difficult to imitate.
Any message for Gurgaonites?
I would request people to buy only from authorised liquor vends. Even if you are getting service at your doorstep, kindly avoid it as it could be spurious liquor.
Is online sale through websites allowed under the excise act provisions? Are you aware of spurious liquor sale?
No, our state policy does not allow such online sales. It has to be off the counter only. Also, I am not aware of any such brands of fake liquor. With so many outlets, there is no shortage of alcohol so there is no scope for illegal varieties coming in.