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Initiatives taken by HRANI to combat COVID – 19 crisis

02 nd May 2020

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The Members of Managing Committee of HRANI

 

All Members of HRANI

 

Dear Fraternity Member,

 

Greetings from HRANI!

 

Hope you all are safe and healthy! 

 

As you are aware the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19 across many countries of the world has caused immense loss to the lives of people.  Social distancing has been unequivocally accepted to be the best way to contain its spread, leading to announcement of complete lockdown in the country.

 

The tough times do not last and together we have to win this battle. We should take this time period as an opportunity rather than a challenge and cater to the industry at a higher level in such tough situations.

 

Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India and its parent body along with state associations have been creating awareness and disseminating knowledge of various notifications from the Government among various stakeholders. We have requested for survival relief and stimulus to be extended to our industry. Waiver on all statutory, financial and non-financial obligations from an immediate effect was represented before both Central and State Government.

 

We have written to the Hon’ble Chief Ministers / Hon’ble Governor of all the ten states including UT’s requesting for their help for the hospitality industry in their respective states. 

 

The Association has  requested for Govt  support at two levels… one, for waivers & financial relief for within the respective state and the second, for seeking their help for reaching out to the PMO, Finance Minister, Home Minister, Power Minister, Tourism Minister Govt. of India and to the Governor-RBI. 

 

Following is the list of few representations submitted by HRANI to the Central and State government.

 

S.No.

Date

Details

Dignitaries

Central / State Govt.

 

1

 

March 6, 2020

 

 

Impact of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Hospitality and tourism – Relief

 

Moratorium on repayment of EMIs of principal and interest for term loans for 12 months

 

Enhancement of Working Capital Limits/ Over Drafts at interest free rates.

 

 

 

Governor RBI

PMO

Hon’ble Finance Minister

Hon’ble Minister of State, Finance

Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), MOT

Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Additional Secretary - Financial services, Banking Division

Secretary – Ministry of Tourism

 

CENTRAL

 

RELIEF

 

RBI has given 3 months moratorium

RBI has allowed Working Capital limits to be re evaluated by banks

 

2

 

March 20, 2020

 

COVID- 19: Representation for ‘Survival & Revival Package’

 

To mitigate unemployment and avoid layoff due to lock down and its further impact, salaries to be subsidized by Government for lock in period and post six months for the survival of Hotels and Restaurants.

 

A deferment of twelve months for all statutory dues like advance tax payments, PF, ESIC without interest and delay penalty.

 

At the State government level, the excise fee for Bars in Hotels and Restaurants should be either waived off for 6 months or period may be extended to further 6 months as the same has already been paid for the Year 2020-2021.

 

The State Government shall waive Fixed Power Charges by the Electricity Department for 6 Months and waiver of interest and penalty on unpaid bills for at least 6 months.

 

The Municipal Authorities may be directed to give waiver of House tax / property tax and Water charges w.e.f. from April 1, 2020 to at least three years (2020 -2023).

 

Deferment of all renewals, across the tourism, travel, hospitality industry for the Year 2020-2021.

 

GST holiday for one year for the survival of industry.

 

Enable the GST already collected to be used by companies as working capital and to be deposited post 12 months without attracting penal interest.

 

Release of SEIS and EPCG schemes on an urgent basis based on last year's submissions of foreign exchange earnings of companies at an enhanced rate of 10%.

 

To set up a task force in association with stakeholders, trade association to fast track the situation.

 

Hon’ble Chief Minister of all ten states and UT’s of Northern India

 

 

STATE

 

RELIEF

 

The Government of Himachal Pradesh in its Cabinet meeting presided over by Hon’ble Chief Minister Sh. Jai Ram Thakur today i.e. May 2, 2020 approved following reliefs to revive the economy in the State of H.P.in the wake of corona pandemic.

 

Government had decided to waive off electricity demand charges for the period of six months for Hotels and Restaurants thereby providing them relief of about Rs. 15 crore.

 

Excise and taxation license fee for bar would be waived off and lifting quota of bars would be on pro-rata basis.

 

Government would also provide support to HPTDC by providing support to the Corporation for paying salaries of its employees.

 

Token tax and special road tax would be waived off for 4 months and no penalty would be imposed on owners of private vehicles on account of delay on renewal of registration and permits etc.

 

The Hon’ble Chief Minister also assured that the State Government would also take up the matter regarding EPFO, ESIC at appropriate level so that the same could be redressed at the earliest.

 

A  Task Force has been constituted which will be headed by Jal Shakti Minister Sh. Mahender Singh to give suggestions for other remedial measures to be taken to revive the economy. The other members of this Sub Committee would be Education Minister Sh. Suresh Bhardwaj, Industries Minister Sh. Vikram Singh and Transport Minister Sh. Govind Thakur.

 

http://himachalpr.gov.in/PressReleaseByYear.aspx?Language=1&ID=17089&Type=2&Date=02%2f05%2f2020

 

3

 

March 29, 2020

 

Roll back of Order dated March 28, 2020 issued by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd in regard to billing  for the Month of April 2020 on the average of last three months

 

 

Hon’ble CM, Uttar Pradesh

 

STATE

 

RELIEF

                                                                   

PARTIAL RELIEF VIDE ORDR DATED APRIL 2, 2020 WAS GIVEN BY U.P. POWER CORPORATION ON ACTUAL BILLING.

DETAILED ORDER CAN BE SOUGHT FROM HRANI

 

4

 

March 31, 2020

 

Request for Financial Relief for Indian Hospitality Industry

 

To rapidly deploy a ‘Survival & Revival’ financial package to the Indian Hospitality Industry on the lines of earlier letter dated March 20, 2020

 

 

Hon’ble Chief Minister of all ten states and UT’s of Northern India

 

 

STATE

 

5

 

April 1, 2020

 

Request for Extension of deadline of March 31,2020 for renewal of excise license fee for the period of 2020 -2021 to May 31, 2020

 

Waiver of Excise Fee for next 6 months for the survival and revival of Hospitality sector.

 

In the light of 6 months waiver, the validity of license period for next year 2020 -2021 paid by licensees be extended to further 6 months and the fee adjusted and carried forward till September 30, 2021 of next financial year

 

 

Commissioner

Department of Excise & Taxation

Govt. of Punjab

 

STATE

 

6

 

April 2,  2020

 

Request to provide time for renewal of FSSAI License due to lock down

 

 

FSSAI

 

CENTRAL

 

RELIEF

 

GRACE PERIOD PROVIDED FOR APPLYING RENEWAL TILL 30 JUNE 2020 VIDE ORDER DATED 13/4/2020

 

 

7

 

April 15, 2020

 

Request to extend relief to electricity consumers including Hotels and Restaurants at par with Industrial and MSME Sector as per your Memo No 1/4/2020 -EB(PR)/187 dated 7th April, 2020

 

 

Principal Secretary Power reform wing, department of Power, Govt. of Punjab

 

STATE

 

8

 

 

April, 19, 2020

 

Request to direct the ESI and PF departments to pay the  salary /wages to the employees of the Hotels and Restaurants for at least a period of 1 year or such period for which it deems fit to enable the Hotel and Restaurant sector to remain functional and are not to forced to close due to shortage of working capital.

 

 

Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Labour and Employment

 

 

 

CENTRAL

 

9

 

April 24, 2020

 

Request to direct the ESI and PF departments to pay the salary /wages to the employees of the Hotels and Restaurants for at least a period of 1 year or such period for which it deems fit to enable the Hotel and Restaurant sector to remain functional and are not to forced to close due to shortage of working capital.

 

 

Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Ministry of Labour & Employment. Govt. of India

 

CENTRAL

 

10

 

April 25, 2020

 

Representation: Non-implementation of order no RBI/2019-20/186 dated March 27, 2020 regarding providing

three months Moratorium

 

Request to issue direction on the implementation of the same to all banks which will give an opportunity to the customers / loan holders to avail the moratorium.

 

Governor RBI

 

CENTRAL

 

11

 

 

April 27, 2020

 

Impact of COVID 19 - Request for urgent relief measures from Reserve Bank of India

 

RBI has already provided three months moratorium on EMIs of principle and interest payments on loans and recalculation of working capital from Financial Institutions which needs to be extended for next twelve months.

 

To allow restructuring of loans by extending it to minimum 2 years.

 

The EMIs of principle and interest payments on loans and recalculation of working capital from Financial Institutions for moratorium needs to be without any accrued and accumulated interest.

 

To allow working capital at low rate of interest.

 

Grant of Infrastructure status to hospitality industry with immediate effect enabling the sector to repay the loan in

a longer time period, treating at par with other infrastructure projects

 

 

Honble Prime Minister

Governor RBI

Hon’ble Finance Minister

Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance

Minister of State for Tourism,  (IC)

Secretary Revenue

Secretary MOT

 

 

CENTRAL

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Apart from webinars being organised, FHRAI has also submitted representations to the Central and State Government. The broadcast are being sent to all members by FHRAI and also through its four regional associations (HRANI, HRAWI, SIHRA and HRAEI).

 

HRANI also acknowledges the efforts of its MC Members who are taking up the issues through their state and city level associations.

 

Uttar Pradesh Hotel and Restaurant Association – Representations to waive of all statutory, financial and non-financial obligations falling due from an immediate effect were sent to the Govt. These included items such as Provident Fund, ESI contribution, GST payments, adjustments of advance tax. Also relief package such as waiver on Excise fee, Power Bills and fixed charges, house tax, water charges and GST holiday were also represented by UPHRA.

 

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has provided relief to the industries who were not able to apply for renewal of consent (water & air ) by pollution department due to lock down. The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board vide its order dated 28/4/2020 has permitted to apply for renewal of consent to operate for water and air by pollution department after the lock down period is over.

 

Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association – A delegation led by Mr. Sanjay Sood, MC Member, HRANI & President, SHRA met Sh. Jai Ram Thakur, Hon’ble Chief Minister,   H.P. and submitted representation on waiver of  Excise fee, Power Bills and fixed charges, Property tax, water charges and GST holiday.

 

HRANI and SHRA are glad to inform that to revive the economy of the State of H.P.in the wake of corona pandemic, the Government of Himachal Pradesh in its Cabinet meeting presided by Hon’ble Chief Minister Sh. Jai Ram Thakur approved various reliefs today i.e. May 2, 2020.  The reliefs are listed at S.No 2 in the above document.

 

The detailed press note is attached with this mail.  (To download please use the following link 

 

http://himachalpr.gov.in/PressReleaseByYear.aspx?Language=1&ID=17089&Type=2&Date=02%2f05%2f2020

 

Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab - Besides requesting for survival package and a request to extend relief to electricity consumers including Hotels and Restaurants at par with Industrial and MSME Sector as per the Memo No 1/4/2020 –EB (PR)/187 dated 7th April, 2020 was sent to Principal Secretary Power reform wing, department of Power, Govt. of Punjab by Mr. Amarvir Singh, President, HRAP.

 

We would like to convey that the HRANI along with FHRAI stands in solidarity with its Members and shall put the best effort to seek remedies from both Central and State governments in the form of Sops, Incentives, and other related Benefits for the Hospitality Industry. 

Shall keep you updated…Take care & stay safe! 

Yours sincerely,

For HRANI

 

Renu Thapliyal

Secretary General