Hospitality Associations Appeal To Maharashtra Government To Roll Back 15% Increase In Special License Fee

PUNE: The West India Hotel and Restaurant Association (HRAWI), the India Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) and the National Indian Restaurant Association (NRAI) have once again appealed to the Government of Maharashtra to consider a reversal of 15 percent in the special tax for the year 2020-21.

The Associations have cited the latest notification issued by the Chhattisgarh State Government announcing a 25 percent reduction in annual license fees for the year 2020-21 which is provided as a relief because of the disruption caused to companies to cause of the national blockade. In addition to Chhattisgarh, Goa and the Diu-Daman Union Territories have also offered relief on the License Fee in their States to reduce the burden on establishments during closure, without having suggested any increase before.

The top three F&btradingbodieshadpreviouslywrittentothemaharashtragovernmentonapril15askingforareversaloftheincreaseintheconsumerlicensefee.amongotherrecommendations,healsoaskedthestateforastimuluspackageforthestrugglingindustry.however,theassociationshavenotyetreceivedanyresponsetothestatement.

“theliquidity-impairedhospitalitysectorisalreadyreelingunderpressuretoensurethewell-beingofitsemployeesduringtheshutdownandsomehowavoidtheimmediatespecterofmassivejoblossesinthesectorbydeployingallofitsresourcestosatisfyhumanneeds.thehospitalityandtourismsectorrepresents12.75percentofemployment,5.56percentisdirectand7.19percentindirect.aswespeak,theindustryisobservingapossiblejoblossofaround38million,whichis70percentofthetotalworkforce.amidthisloomingthreat,aratehikeistooharshadecisiontounderstand.whileotherstatesaremakingeffortstoeasethepainandburdenoftheirbusinesses,maharashtrahasdecidedtogotheotherway.saidgurbaxishsinghkohli,presidentofhrawi.

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