Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: The State committee of the Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association has sought government intervention to help the industry tide over the present crisis.

In a petition to the Ministers for Finance, Food, Excise, Power and Water Resources, association president N.B. Krishnakurup said the immediate demands included reduction in power and water charges and bar licence fee.

Essential items should be made available at fair prices, he said in the petition.

The Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Act should be invoked while collecting alcohol samples from hotels.

The hotels had also been demanding a reduction in value added tax rates.

The hotel industry, which employed about 15 lakh people directly and another lakh indirectly, played a major role in the tourism development of the State, he said.

The hotels provided close to Rs.710 crore to the exchequer every year, Mr. Krishnakurup added.