Punjab: Having Industry Status, Providing Benefits: Hotels in Punjab Affected by Covid | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: Hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Resorts of the Punjab urged Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to also extend these benefits to the hotel sector which have been granted to the industrial sector, since that hotels were granted the status of industries in the state in December 2012.
There are around 5,000 hotels and resorts in the Punjab and they suffered losses of nearly Rs 17,100 crore during the Covid-19 pandemic as they were forced to remain closed for almost two years. Punjab Hotels, Restaurants and Resorts Association President Satish Arora said they were granted industry status on December 12, 2012 and industrial benefits were granted during the fiscal year 2015-16, but after that, these benefits were suddenly discontinued.
“The farmer unrest has also hit the hospitality industry in Punjab hard, as we have lost several client companies as many companies could not implement their projects here,” Arora said. The president of the association also claimed that after the congressional government came to power in the state, representatives of the hospitality industry were never called to any meetings and the emphasis was not Little focus on developing the tourism sector in the state. “Tourists from Gujarat and other destinations pass through Punjab to visit various places in Himachal or Jammu and Kashmir, but we have not been able to attract them to showcase the heritage or the beauty of our state’s landscapes, ”said Arora.
The employment of nearly 12 lakh families in the Punjab depends on the hotel industry, which represents 9% of the country, the association said in its letter to the chief minister. The hotel industry in Punjab contributes around Rs 300 crore to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), nearly Rs 1,250 crore and 7% of gross domestic product (GDP). tourism, the association submitted.
It was pointed out that Congress claimed in its manifesto five years ago to provide electricity at Rs 5 per unit to industry, but hotels, restaurants and resorts were paying commercial tariffs of over Rs 10 per unit, in addition to incurring hidden charges like energy charges, monthly minimum charges (MMC) and fixed charges, charges for adjusting fuel costs, education and infrastructure cess, rent MCB, GST, grant and cow cess. The second biggest burden on the hospitality industry is the expenses the local body has to pay each year, including property tax, sanitation bills, cow access rights and fees. license fees.
The association pointed out that the appraisal fees in bars are also a burden on them and that they should also be allowed to purchase alcohol from any liquor vendor in the given city so that ‘they are not overcharged by a specific seller. The hospitality industry has also not called for any harassment, apart from raids only by senior cops.


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