FEDERATION OF HOTEL AND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION REQUESTS HIMACHAL CM FOR RELIEF
SAYS INDUSTRY BADLY HIT IN PANDEMIC COVID -19
Dharamshala: Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Himachal Pradesh (FOHRA) has written a letter to Sh Jai Ram Thakur ,Chief Minister, for Immediate Help to Support tourism industry in Himachal Pradesh, by providing immediate relaxation / support . It requested CM to give relief by charging the electricity bill with the domestic rates instead of the commercial rates, Charge Domestic Property tax rates instead of the commercial one, Domestic water rates and waive off all license and renewal fees, to support the tourism sector which is badly hit by pandemic COVID -19 .
FOHRA , is a state level body which was created on 18th Feburary 2018 at Shimla having members from all over the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Budhi Parkash Thakur Convener and Sanjeev Gandhi Co-Convener of FOHRA told this representative in Dharamshala that the association has written in its letter ,” we wanted and pledged to make HP as one of the best and most attractive tourist destination in the country / world. But Sir, needless to mention that tourism industry is passing through the very bad phase in the state and experiencing one of the worst period in last 3-4 years. In 2017 the industry was hampered because of the certain NGT directions , when many tourist units were locked down, In 2018 due to bad publicity of water crisis at the capital Shimla and in turn impacting the whole state, In 2019 our season was very low because of the Lok Sabha elections in the country. We were looking at 2020 as a recovery year , but unfortunately the pandemic COVID -19 occurred and now we do not see any possibility to bounce back and start our business operations at least before the onset of the next season / year .”
They said that they have asked the state government , “with the above background , we request your good self to pay attention to the present crises in the tourism sector and to intervene for providing us immediate relaxation / support on these utmost issues.
The letter added that if their request is met with, it will bring some immediate relief to the tourism sector as this sector has so many other fixed expenses / overheads to maintain the infrastructure and to bear the same month after month out of the pocket and to survive in this lock down situation.
Letter said, “On behalf of the FOHRA members, we ensure you that we are committed to fight COVID -19 and stand by you / govt to safeguard the health / life of each and every one in the state.”
Sanjeev Gandhi said that the Copies of this letter were also forwarded to Anil Kumar Khachi, Chief Secretary, R D Dhiman, Additional Chief Secretary and Yunus, Director, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Govt of HP, Shimla.