Pune: Members of Pune Restaurants and Hoteliers Association (PRAHA), protesting the recent set of restrictions, have now started displaying banners with the hashtag #InjusticeToHoteliersAndCustomers outside their businesses.
Ganesh Shetty, president of PRAHA, said, “Last year too, other shops were allowed to open three months after the lockdown began, but it took eight months for restaurants to get permission to restart operations.”
Members said restaurants, despite the limited business, will have to pay licence fees in full. They alleged that there has been no support for restaurateurs and hoteliers with regard to licence fees, bank loans or electricity bills. Shetty said nearly 70 establishments in Kothrud have shut because they were unable to pay to renew operating licences.
He said, “Also, many restaurant employees are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha. Their families are panicking and are now calling them home. Most of these workers have started to pack their bags.”
Shetty said PRAHA has written to the chief minister and deputy chief minister seeking a break in curfew timings.
“We propose a break in curfew. We have asked the chief minister and the deputy chief minister for permission to operate our businesses from 9am to 3 pm and then again from 7pm-11pm.”
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