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Restaurant body writes to Modi seeking relief from COVID-19

The body stated that the industry feels singled out and at the receiving end of stringent restrictions as compared to other sectors

January 14, 2022 / 12:10 PM IST
The NRAI has requested PM Narendra Modi to pass suitable directions to states to consider hospitalisation data to determine the imposition of further restrictions, permit longer operating hours for the industry. (Representative image)

The NRAI has requested PM Narendra Modi to pass suitable directions to states to consider hospitalisation data to determine the imposition of further restrictions, permit longer operating hours for the industry. (Representative image)

The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) has written to prime minister Narendra Modi for immediate relief to offset losses in the pandemic.

The body stated that the industry feels singled out and at the receiving end of stringent restrictions as compared to other sectors, reported the Times of India.

“The food service industry, already battling tough times for the past couple of years, is now facing a challenge of survival. More than 25% of the industry has shut down permanently, leading to a loss of jobs for 25 lakh workers,” NRAI president Kabir Suri wrote.

NRAI requested Modi to direct states to consider hospitalisation data to determine the imposition of further restrictions and permit longer operating hours for the industry. This will reduce overcrowding as well as prevent further job losses for millions of workers, it said.

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The restaurant body further sought directions to all states to put delivery of food from restaurants under essential services.

It also urged the prime minister to pass necessary directions to state governments on an immediate basis to avoid the announcement of ad hoc or arbitrary measures by local authorities, added the report.

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Earlier, the NRAI had expressed dismay over the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s (DDMA) decision to suspend dine-in facilities in the city. It had also urged the authority to review its decision. The DDMA ordered the closure of restaurants and bars in the city on January 10, allowing only delivery and takeaway services. The restrictions came in the wake of a steep rise in cases of COVID-19 in the city.
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first published: Jan 14, 2022 12:10 pm
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