Covid-19 lockdown: NHRA seeks financial assistance from state Govt

Covid-19 lockdown: NHRA seeks financial assistance from state Govt
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Dimapur, March 25: Stating that with the outbreak of COVID-19 and global pandemic affecting the global economy, the Nagaland Hotel and Restaurant Association (NHRA) Dimapur unit today said with the clampdown of travel internationally and domestically, the hotel industries is the most affected.
In this regard, the NHRA has urged Nagaland Chief Minister to extend financial assistance and other inventory to ensure survival of local business/entrepreneurs at this critical stage.
In a representation sent to Chief Minister through Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, NHRA president, Vito Aomi and general secretary, Seyiekhrielie Natso said restrictions and travel advisory have rendered all the bookings of hotels being cancelled, which has directly and hugely affected the hotel industries where they have come to a standstill with no business.
It further said the restriction has created a ripple effect, leading many hotels on the verge of shut down, paying of house rent and salary to the working staff have become impossible.
The NHRA said the hotel industry, which is co-related to the Tourism Industry have been a good contributors towards the state economy. This Industry also generates huge employment opportunity directly or indirectly to the youths which have to be decreased sadly due to the outbreak of the virus, it added.
Stating that they are unable to pay the EMI and repayment of loan has become an onerous task during such a situation, the Association requested the government to intervene and offer a stimulus so that they can get back to their feet. It also requested for at least 6 month GST holiday from the state and central government. It further said they are unable to pay the electricity bills, where they are charged on commercial category, whereas hotels are considered as an industry.
The NHRA appealed to the Chief Minister and understanding authority to extend financial assistance (grant-in-aid) to its members, who are officially registered under the Association. (Page News Service)