Dushyant Singh Pundir
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 20
Hit by the lockdown, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) has asked the deputy general managers (DGMs) of its hotels and a restaurant to increase sales and generate more revenue to pay wages to the employees.
In a letter to the DGMs of Hotel Mountview, Hotel Shivalikview and Chef Lakeview, the manager, accounts (Head Office), stated that since their establishments were now fully operational, they should increase sales and arrange to pay the salaries of the employees for the month of November and onwards from their own operational revenues.
An official said the corporation had suffered huge losses due to the pandemic as all hotels and restaurants remained closed during the lockdown period.
The official said the corporation had to take a loan against fixed deposits to pay its staff. CITCO spends nearly Rs5.5 crore a month on salaries of nearly 1,200 regular, contractual and outsourced employees posted in its various units.
The corporation had recently sought a grant of Rs27 crore from the UT Administration to run the day-to-day affairs and pay wages to the staff.
Kashmir Chand, chairman, CITCO Progressive Workers’ Union, stated that the UT Administration must help the corporation tide over the financial crisis it had suffered during the lockdown. He said the corporation had also sought reimbursement of more than Rs10 crore from the UT Administration on the account of expenses incurred on running the UT Guest House in New Delhi and the UT Secretariat canteen in Chandigarh.
Chand said CITCO was running and managing the UT Secretariat canteen since April 1983 and the UT Guest House in New Delhi since November 1984.
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