FHRAI Urge Govt to Put Tourism Under Concurrent List, Give Industry Status to Hospitality Sector
The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India has recently requested the government in the letter addressed to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Tourism (IC), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India to include 'tourism' under concurrent list of the Constitution and has bestowed the industry status over the Hospitality sector.
stressing the requirements of the hospitality sector, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kohli stated that a favourable move would help in getting the benefits allotted to an industry. The initiative would help hotels and restaurants to buy land allotted by the Government in industrial areas. Moreover, hotels and restaurants will be able to enjoy industrial rates for water and electricity.
In the letter addressing Nirmala Sitharaman, Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President says, “Since major budgetary allocations in the tourism sector are made by the Central Government whereas the States have a larger role in implementation, by bringing the tourism under the Concurrent List will eliminate all uncertainties with regard to demarcation of responsibilities between the Centre and the States.”