nrai: restaurateurs seek excise fee waiver for all Covid curbs since March 2020 | News from Noida

Noida: The Noida Section of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) has written to the Excise Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh, asking for relief for the industry which has been hit by a new round of restrictions due to the third wave of the pandemic.
The letter, signed by restaurateur and head of NRAI’s Noida chapter, Varun Khera, says the industry, which is one of the biggest employers, is one of the hardest hit and needs immediate help . The NRAI has requested an excise fee waiver for the period operations have been hit due to curfews and closures since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. It suggested restaurants should be allowed to pay the rest of the quarter or half-year, in addition to a relaxation in cut-off for the deposit from January 31 to March.
The letter says the restaurant industry has paid excise duty in full since the start of the pandemic, but has been unable to run businesses within license terms, especially during the second wave of last year. He adds that extended night curfews were removed in October but reinstated in December. The industry, according to the NRAI, has not yet recovered from the negative impact of the second wave and the restrictions for the third wave have increased financial problems.
Restaurant owners pointed out that the neighboring states of Delhi and Haryana had offered relief by waiving fees during the period of restrictions, arguing that the industry needed immediate intervention to survive and work towards a recovery.

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