NHRA asks CM to provide financial support to hotels and restaurants
With the closure of shops and commercial establishments, restaurants have started take away and food delivery service in many places in Dimapur. (Morung Photo)
DIMAPUR, MARCH 25 (MExN): The Nagaland Hotel and Restaurant Association (NHRA) has written to the Nagaland Chief Minister appealing for immediate financial aid and inventory support.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, the NHRA said that the global COVID-19 pandemic has affected the global economy and the hotels and restaurants in Nagaland areno exception.
The clamp down ontravel internationally and domestically has left the hotel industry most affected, it added.
“Restrictions and travel advisories have rendered all our bookings being cancelled which have directly and hugely affected the hotel industry where we have come to a standstill with no business. This has created a ripple effect, leading many hotels on the verge of shut down;paying of house rent and salary to the working staff has become impossible,” it added.
The hotel industry which is co-related to the tourism industry has been a good contributor towards the state economy, the NHRA pointed out. It added that this Industry also generates huge employment opportunity directly or indirectly to the youths which has to be decreased sadly due to the outbreak of the virus.
The NHRA informed that hotels and restaurants have been“unable to pay the EMIs and repayment of loan has become an onerous task during such a situation.”
It therefore asked the government to intervene and offer a stimulus, “so that we can get back on our feet.” The association also requested for at least six month GST holiday from the state and central governments. It further informed that many hotels and restaurants are unable to pay electricity bills, “where we are charged on commercial category, whereas hotels are considered as an industry.”
With no other source to compensate their loss “which have tremendously brought down many hoteliers to their knees,”the NHRA appealed to the CM to extend financial assistance (grant-in-aid) to its members, who are officially registered under the association.
This action, it asserted, would bring great relief and will go a long way to ensure survival of local businesses/entrepreneurs at this critical stage.