Hoteliers seek relief on pattern of Rajasthan, Gujarat

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 14

Hit hard by the pandemic, Punjab hoteliers have sought a relief package on the pattern of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Punjab Hotel Association has written a letter to CM Capt Amarinder Singh demanding salary of staff for six months, deferment of electricity charges for six months, deferment of water sanitation, licence fee and property tax, and waiver of the excise permit renewal fee.

Association president Satish Arora said, “The Gujarat and Rajasthan Governments have waived the property tax as well as fixed charges in electricity bills of hotels, resorts, restaurants and water parks affected by the pandemic for one year. Similarly, we also want that the Punjab Government should give us a relief package for the survival of the industry in the state.”

Arora said they had also appealed to PM Narendra Modi to provide relief to the hospitality industry that was on the verge of collapse.

Charter of demands

  • Deferment of electricity charges for six months
  • Deferment of licence fee and property tax
  • Waiver of excise permit renewal fee
  • Extension in EMIs for a year and loan interest waiver

Arora said, “We have written a letter to the Chief Minister, seeking immediate support from the government to save the hospitality sector from ‘imminent collapse’ and have urged him to take steps for for it.” He said the condition had become so bad that five-star hotel Hyatt Regency in Mumbai had suspended its operations as it did not have money to pay salaries to its staff.

Arora said, “The hospitality sector has been totally ignored in the pandemic. Due to this, a large number of hotels and eating joints have already shut down.” Arora said with businesses closing, the hotel industry was unable to repay nearly Rs 1,200 crore loans. Therefore, he urged the RBI to extend EMIs for at least a year and waive interest on the loans.

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