While the Hospitality Industry Associations are raising various demands to be fulfilled by the State Governments, Ministry of Tourism has asked the State Government on Action Taken Report (ATR).
Union Minister Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel has written to Minister Tourism of the State Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi to send the ATR in this regard, said sources.
Hospitality Sector is facing tough time due to adverse impact of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Hotels, Tour and Travel Operators and various Associations like FHRAI, FICCI, CII and others have raised issues and demanded relief from the both Union and State Government.
Now the Union Government has sought ATR in this regard and has requested the State Government to apprise the Ministry of Tourism.
Following up the move of Union Minister Tourism, Mr.Patel, Union Secretary Tourism Yogendra Tripathi has also asked the State Government about the list of relief, being provided to this Sector, which is facing tough time and in dire straits.
Hospitality Sector requested for relief from penal provisions for delay in dues.
They had asked that no penalty or interest to be levied on payment of any dues owed to the State Government or the Public Sector Undertakings and Urban Local Bodies.
Secondly, these Associations have urged for relief from regulatory compliances under State and Central Laws being implemented by the State Government, including By Laws, Municipal Laws, Rules and Regulations by extending the validity of various licenses and approvals without levy of any fees for a suitable period.
Relief was requested from Excise Fees for Hotel and Restaurants for a suitable period of the financial year.
Relaxations on electricity charges and duties as well as fixed cost of electricity tariff for Hotels and Hospitality Establishments for a time period was requested.
Relief was sought from property tax by reducing the current rates by half for hotels and hospitality sector for a suitable period during current financial year.
Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has requested the State Government about the Action Taken in this regard till date needed to be intimated, so that the Union Government will be pursuing other state Governments in this regard, said sources.
While Hotels are allowed to open their establishments in Odisha with utilizing 30 Percent Capacity, as the Tourism Centers are not opened, they are not coming to the State.
Flights are now operating and now with hotels are allowed to open, Tourism Centers are needed to be opened so that tourist movement will follow, urged the Hoteliers.
Hospitality Associations have approached the State Government to open Tourism Centers immediately so that Tourism Industry will be able to restart its operations steadily.