Anti-GST bandh is par­tial

Ho­tels, restau­rants opened shut­ters by peak busi­ness time in af­ter­noon

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Nearly 40,000 ho­tels, restau­rants, tif­fin cen­tres, food joints and bak­eries shut down across Te­lan­gana op­pos­ing the higher tax slabs pro­posed un­der the new GST regime.

Al­though the call was for a 12-hour bandh from 6 am to 6 pm, sev­eral eater­ies had opened their doors by af­ter­noon.

Te­lan­gana State Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion (TSHA) pres­i­dent S. Venkat Reddy said that some ho­tels opened in the af­ter­noon so as not to cause in­con­ve­nience to those cus­tomers who are reg­u­lars and de­pend on them.

Pop­u­lar tif­fin cen­tres such as Suprab­hat, Raghaven­dra, Nan­dini, and Swathi, which open from 6 am in the morn­ing to serve break­fast, had a break on Tues­day. As a re­sult, road-side tif­fin stalls did brisk busi­ness.

“We did not ex­pect this kind of rush. Our raw ma­te­rial and veg­eta­bles fin­ished very quickly to­day,” said K Lak­sh­man, who runs a tif­fin cen­tre in Vidya Na­gar.

Curry points in dif­fer­ent parts of the city were also in de­mand on Tues­day. Peo­ple were seen tak­ing away parcels of plain rice, cha­p­atis and curry as they feared their usual restau­rants would be closed..

Stand-alone restau­rants, or­di­nary ho­tels and eater­ies that cater mostly to mid­dle and lower in­come clients are ex­pected to take a hit with the pro­posed GST rates of 5-18 per cent for dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of restau­rants, with the high­est tax be­ing 28 per cent.

Mr Reddy said that dif­fer­ent slabs and cat­e­gories such as non-AC and AC were not in the in­ter­ests of cus­tomers or the in­dus­try.

Ashok Reddy, the pres­i­dent of the Hy­der­abad unit of the Te­lan­gana State Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion said that there is a wide­spread sup­port for their fight to change the tax struc­ture.

“There are nearly 20,000 eater­ies of all types in the city and ev­ery­body is con­cerned about their fu­ture un­der the GST regime. How can we run busi­nesses if peo­ple stop com­ing to ho­tels and restau­rants fear­ing that their pock­ets would be emp­tied?” he queried.

This bandh call was given by the South In­dia Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion that has mem­bers in Te­lan­gana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kar­nataka, Ker­ala and Puducherry.

— DC

Med­i­cal shops, in­clud­ing whole­salers, at In­der Bagh in Koti re­mained close on Tues­day fol­low­ing a strike call given by the All In­dia Chemists and Drug­gists As­so­ci­a­tion. The phar­ma­cies in other parts of the city were open.

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