Gangtok, May 27:
Sikkim Hotel and Restaurant Association (SHRA) has decided to extend their support to the government to fight second wave of Covid -19 pandemic by converting their banquet halls and other spacious places into Covid care centre. President SHRA Roshan Raj Shrestha today while addressing the presser shared
“even though the tourism and hotel industry is badly hit by this pandemic in the state and in fact all over the world and Sikkim government is doing best to handle the crisis but still looking at the current surge of Covid cases in the state, we also want to extend our help to fight this crisis hence association has decided to lend our support to the government by converting our banquet hall into Covid care centre".
Pradhan also appealed all the hotels to come forward to support the government in order to fight pandemic, he said even if hoteliers don’t have banquet hall then they can bring their foldable beds. He also shared luxury vehicles will be used as ambulances. He also shared this is crisis time and we must fight this battle jointly and we have also decided to help our employees with essentials if not full salaries then we will provide some percentage. He also informed we don’t know when this crisis will end but we have also requested the government to look after our problems once this pandemic gets over and we have also plan to revive the industry once government allows movement of people and vehicles locally. He also said we have shared our grievances to government and in reply CM Prem Singh Tamang has assured government’s support when situation normalize like exemption on taxes, deferment of all statutory liabilities specially for luxury vehicles owner as they mainly rely on tourism as local people don’t travel in luxury vehicles and an increasing of the banking moratorium period.
Pema Lhamu Lamtha, executive member of SHRA and also Councilor for Tathangchen ward who was also present during the presser shared that ‘this situation very bad and state government is trying their best to fight and what we have thought is that we are in loss from last one year but tourism was badly hit but we must overcome this so we have decided to help the government to fight this pandemic and we will also look after our staffs’.