HRANI UPDATES
Sh. G. Kishan Reddy, Hon'ble Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India speaks on "Unlocking Hospitality Businesses - Home Affairs approach" at FHRAI webinar
The apex body of Hotels and Restaurants - Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) recently, concluded its tenth webinar on Unlocking Hospitality Businesses - Home Affairs approach with Sh. G. Kishan Reddy, Hon'ble Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India.
The Hon'ble Minister was informed that FHRAI has been advocating for the key concerns of the hospitality sector with the Government of India in terms of Quarantine Norms, Multiplicity of SOP's, Ease of Get-Together and a special package for the hospitality industry.

The session was moderated by Sh. Pradeep Shetty, Joint Honorary Secretary, FHRAI and the panellist were Sh. Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, FHRAI; Sh. Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, Vice President, FHRAI, Sh. D V S Somaraju, Hony. Treasurer, FHRAI, Sh. S K Hari Arumugam, EC Member, SIHRA, Sh. S. P. Reddy, Chairman & CEO, enGenius Consulting Group.

Mr Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI & Vice President FHRAI as panellist thanked the MHA for increasing the number from 50 to 100 for MICE and social events. w.e.f. September 21, 2020. Keeping in view the wedding season ahead, he also requested to further increase the limit to 500 for open air / big lawns and 300 for the closed halls having capacity to accommodate 500 with all social distancing protocols and SOPs.

The issue of granting eating house license in the state of Delhi by DCP Licensing department of Delhi Police was taken up by Mr. Jaiswal. The Minister was requested to ease the industry from multiple submissions of documents to different departments & agencies. He submitted for automatic extension of all licenses during COVID time.

Responding to the concerns, the Hon'ble Minister asked to submit the concerns in writing to him so that it could be further discussed by MHA and Delhi Police. He also assured for best possible support to members from the Ministry.

The recording of the webinar can be accessed on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDZ977dhv0A&feature=youtu.be
We Must Learn To Live With Coronavirus - Delhi Deputy Chief Minister
Sh. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi met a delegation of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) to understand challenges faced by the hospitality industry.
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Sh. Manish Sisodia on Thursday met the delegation of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India to understand the challenges of hotels and restaurants in the process of unlocking the Industry and allied services. Sh. Sisodia opined that we must learn to live with Coronavirus and resume the economic activities while taking utmost precautions.

"We should learn from innovative global practices in hotel and restaurant business so that we can also develop a locally relevant model for ourselves. The Delhi government is committed to helping businesses in these difficult times and their issues will be resolved at the earliest,"he said.
The delegation consisted of members of the Managing Committee of HRANI - Sh. Luv Malhotra, Sh. Vinod Gulati along with the Secretary General, Mrs Renu Thapliyal including hoteliers Sh. Ankur Bhatia, Director, Roseate Hotels and Sh. Vijay Wanchoo, Sr. EVP & GM, The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi.

The key concerns taken up by the delegation were Relief on Excise Fee (Refund / Adjustment) deposited for the lockdown period; credit for the excise duty paid on expired stocks including disposal; Waiver on Sewerage Charges: Relief from regulatory compliances Waiver of Demand / Fixed Charges levied in Electricity bills; Onetime / Automatic extension of validity of various licenses & approvals without levy of any fees up to March 31, 2021; Relief from property tax by reducing the current rates for hotels and hospitality establishments for a suitable period and no penalty or interest to be levied on payment of any dues to State Government.

HRANI writes to Ministry of Finance for deferment of Tax Audits
The GST department has been issuing notices to the establishments to appear for Tax audits (Scrutiny of Service tax / GST cases). The establishments are being asked for various documents and replies which is practically not possible in this COVID times.
Taking in account the challenge faced by the members of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India(HRANI). The association has sent a letter to Madam Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon'ble Finance Minister, Govt of India to defer all the tax audits for next six months. Keeping in view the pandemic and safety of the masses in such a challenging time, this request has been asked for.

Some of our member establishments have been facing this problem as they are in receipt of notices to appear for tax audits which is practically not possible in this COVID time. Therefore, we have requested the Ministry of Finance to defer any Audits / appearance for next six months said Mr Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI
HRANI initiates Virtual FOSTAC training on September 25, 2020
In view of COVID-19 pandemic, FSSAI has introduced FoSTaC online courses comprising of content for there levant course, online assessment and compulsory training on COVID-19 precautions. To be eligible to conduct FOSTAC programme through e-platform, FSSAI has formulated separate SOP's for Training Partners.

Taking the initiative, HRANI will be organizing the virtual Food Safety Training and Certification (FOSTAC) programme which will also include COVID19 course with catering level 2. The session has been scheduled for September 25, 2020.
It will be a one day training session comprising different sections of activities and quiz rounds. The participants will be given a specific break. The programme will be organised on a digital platform & each participant will have to qualify the online assessment. The certificates will be issued from FSSAI.

"As per FSSAI guidelines, to be eligible for certification the participant has to complete & qualify all rounds of quiz and assessment. In case of missing any round, he will have to attend the next training session for certification" said Renu Thapliyal, Secretary General HRANI.

To download the registration form click here http://www.hrani.net.in/pdf/Registration.pdf
About Us
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) is the northern wing of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) - an apex body of the hospitality sector. HRANI, founded in 1950 by Legend Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, represents hotels, restaurants, tourism industry & travel trade of all nine states of Northern India i.e. Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh. It was conceived with an idea to give Hoteliers and Restaurateurs in Northern India a common forum for interaction. With an active membership base from the hospitality industry and allied sectors, HRANI is assisting its members to create a conducive environment to tap the vast potential of hospitality industry in Northern India.
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