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Hospitality industry welcomes the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ policy by Maharashtra Government

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 17:00 Hrs  [IST]
Asmita Mukherjee | Hyderabad

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday approved the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ policy for the hospitality sector. The new policy reduces the number of licences required to 10 from the existing 70 to start a new hospitality business in the state, and seeks to boost the hospitality industry by attracting investment and increasing employment opportunities.

While speaking on the importance of the policy, Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, The Federation of Hotel & Restaurants Associations of India, during a webinar 'India Tourism Vision Day' organised by FAITH, said, “Previously there were more than 86 licences which were needed to start any hospitality business in the past, but now the number of required licences has been brought down to only 10, as a result of constant communication and interaction with the government by various associations, HRAWI and FHRAI. This move will help us a lot, as there is a lot of red tape in the process. Every time somebody needs to get a licence they usually go through a numerous rules and paths. Now making these licenses available at a single window and online would really help us, as it doesn’t require us to roam and run around various departments to get our papers and files approved. Thus this will definitely help us, providing us further relief from the impediments that already exist.”

He added, “In my opinion, every state can learn from each other and they can adopt the best practices. The situations are different in different states. There are many examples that other state governments can take, such as, the ease of doing business example from Maharashtra. This can make our path easier and solve a lot of hindrances, that we normally go through.”
Commenting on the importance of the policy Madan Prasad Bezbaruah, Secretary General, Hotel Association of India, said, “Ease of doing business is particularly pertinent in the hospitality sector, as here the private sector plays the main role. There were around 30-60 compliance licences, which had to be made by the hotel and restaurant industry, some of which can be rationalised. Every single step taken by the government regarding this is of course a welcome step for us. Unfortunately, tourism is not a subject which is listed in our constitution; the central government plays a persuasive role through MoT.”

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