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Impact & Achievements



  • DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) has exempted restaurants up to 100 seat covers connected with Municipal/ Delhi Jal Board Sewer system connected to DJB STPs, from providing Effluent Treatment Plants (against the earlier 36 seat covers).

Delivery Bikes

  • Ministry has agreed to the suggestion of NRAI on including boxes fitted on two wheelers in the relevant rules.

Restaurant Timings 

  • Centre considering allowing restaurants to stay open 24×7.

Hookah Case 

  • NRAI wins the Hookah case in Supreme Court.
  • Successfully fought in Delhi High Court, giving the much needed relief to restaurant operators.

MRP Case

  • The old MRP case won by NRAI in 2007 was challenged by Govt. in the Delhi High Court.
  • The case was successfully closed on February 11, 2015.
  • The Hon’ble Court has held that all notices to our members threatening legal/coercive action for alleged breach of law before this judgment have become void and unenforceable.

Uday Foundation (Junk Food) Case

  • NRAI is involved in this case through an intervention application.
  • Association was part of the expert group to draft guidelines for making available wholesome, nutritious, safe and hygienic food to children in schools.
  • The Hon’ble Delhi High Court passed judgement on February 25, 2015, wherein the draft guidelines formed as above were approved.

DPCC Case in the National Green Tribunal

  • NRAI impleaded itself in the case, in order to challenge the norms/recommendations put up by DPCC.
  • Submitted our objections and suggestions to the draft guidelines submitted in court by DPCC. These relate to criteria for installation of ETPs, setting up of common ETPs, review of fee structure, and delinking of DPCC clearances from other licenses.
  • Case is in progress.


Union Government

2016: NRAI’s consistent efforts have been successful, and the Ministry has agreed to the suggestion of including boxes fitted on two wheelers in the relevant rules. The restaurant industry had been facing challenges in operating delivery two wheelers, since fitment of boxes on bikes was not included in the motor vehicles act / rules. NRAI had been actively following up on this matter with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways since 2012. Click here to read Ministry of Road Transport & Highways notification GSR 473(E) dated 02nd May 2016.

2014: NRAI won the hookah case in the Supreme Court. The Hon’ble Supreme Court gave a landmark judgement setting aside judgements of Bombay, Madras and Gujarat High Courts in which restriction imposed on smoking of hookah with tobacco content was upheld and power was given to Municipal authorities to impose conditions in this regard.

2013: Sustained efforts of the association have been successful in initiating the process for setting up an ‘Inter Ministerial Group’ under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which will look into the various problems faced by the restaurant industry

2012: Representations and meetings with FSSAI on the new act. Success in agreement/implementation by FSSAI on some of the   key changes suggested by NRAI.

2011: Representation of NRAI led to the withdrawal of excise levy on prepared food products in restaurants by the Union government.

2007: Favourable decision given by High Court against the petition of MRP provision in the standards of Weight & Measures rules to restaurants.

2004: Received benefit of duty free imports of liquors/alcoholic beverages/capital goods extended to stand alone restaurants at 10% of the foreign exchange earnings of the preceding financial year.

Union Finance Ministry

  • Representations on issues related to Service Tax submitted, followed up by meetings at various levels. Government unwilling to concede to demands / suggestions despite high level engagement.
  • Detailed representation also submitted to the special panel formed to look into various tax related issues headed by Dr Parthasarathy Shome.
  • Meeting with the new Union Finance Minister to materialize to discuss over-taxation and GST implementation.

Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry

  • Meetings held with ministry officials for formation of Inter Ministerial Group at the Secretary/Joint Secretary level to look into various issues faced by the Restaurant Industry after the release of ‘India Food Services Report’ by Mr Anand Sharma.
  • Detailed documents submitted to ministry regarding various problem areas as mentioned in the report.
  • Meeting with the new Union Minister of Commerce & Industry likely to materialize to get the Inter Ministerial Group started.

Union Tourism Ministry

  • Meeting with the Tourism Minister held on July 2, 2014.
  • Followed up with a detailed presentation given on August 7, 2014.
  • Detailed proposal is being formulated for another follow up meeting with the Minister and concerned officials.
  • Issues being taken up: Taxation, Licensing, Manpower, Infrastructure Status.

Food Standard & Safety Authority of India (FSSAI)

NRAI has been effectively engaging with the FSSAI for the past few years. Fresh memorandum on pending issues also handed over to CEO, FSSAI during the recent NRAI’s FSSAI seminar held in New Delhi on July 8, 2014 –

  • Guidelines for Reuse of Oil
  • Nominations for licenses
  • Documentation for Licensing / Registration (deadline extended till February 4, 2015)
  • Product Approvals / Supply of Imported Product
  • Problems related to enforcement

Delhi State Chapter


  • After representing with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and Delhi government for bringing about changes in the Effluent Treatment System, Effluent Standards & other requirements for Restaurants and Eating Houses, DPCC has changed the above requirements as decided vide its Board Meeting held on 22-03-2016. Now, restaurants up to 100 seat covers connected with Municipal/ Delhi Jal Board Sewer system connected to DJB STPs, are now exempted from providing Effluent Treatment Plants (against the earlier 36 seat covers).

    However, the General Standards of discharge of effluent into Public Sewers, as mentioned in the attached standards are to be ensured.  If required to meet the prescribed effluent standards, an Effluent Treatment Plant will need to be installed and due process for the same followed.


  • Delhi government agreed to implement NRAI proposal for developing 15 tourism hubs.
  • Delhi government made the process of renewal of excise licence for hotels, restaurants and clubs online.
  • NRAI’s year-long push got the government moving, clearing the road for Micro-breweries.
  • MRP Case: The Hon’ble Court has held that no penal action can be taken by the authorities   under the old law.
  • Excise Commissioner confirmed to NRAI that inspectors will not visit a restaurant unless there’s   information of violation.
  • Positive news expected for open terrace restaurants.

Delhi govt. looking at simplifying licensing procedure

2013: Received approval for payment of Annual Excise Fee in two installments.

  • Through a legal case in Delhi High Court, actively engaged in formulating guidelines for making available quality and safe food in schools in Delhi.
  • Impleaded in the case before the National Green Tribunal, will be giving inputs into environmental standards set by Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

2012: Successfully litigated and won the Hookah Case in High Court.

2009: Received approval on extension of restaurant timings from 11 am to 1 am by Excise and Police Depts.

2008: Received extension of Health & Police licenses from 1 year to 3 years for all restaurants.

Delhi State Excise Dept.

  • Various issues related to Excise taken up with the department over the years.
  • Recommendations/suggestions discussed over many meetings including.
    • Payment of annual fee in two installments.
    • Extension of Operating Timings.
    • Problems in supply of Liquor.
    • Reduction in dry days.
    • Permitting Micro Breweries.
    • Amendments in P-13 License
  • Payment of annual excise fee in two installments and issues related to P-13 license successfully resolved.
  • Other issues are under active discussion with the Department.

Delhi Pollution & Control Committee (DPCC)

Representations taken up:

  • Applications for CTE and CTO – ease of process and time taken for approvals.
  • The Association has impleaded itself in an ongoing case in the National Green Tribunal. Detailed inputs given on the environmental standards set by the DPCC and suggested various changes in the same.

Some of the key areas on which NRAI has submitted recommendations to the NGT at the last hearing on March 26, 2014 are:

  • Criteria for installation of ETPs be changed from restaurants with 36 covers to above 100 covers.
  • Restaurants face space constraints for installation of ETPs in various congested areas. Outlets be permitted to install common ETPs in such cases. Civic agencies (NDMC/MCD) be directed to provide for appropriate setting up of such common ETPs in markets.
  • Review criteria for charging of fees for DPCC consents – should be based on number of seats.
  • License renewals by civic agencies (MCD/NDMC/Police etc) should not be linked to mandatory DPCC approvals.

Gurgaon State Chapter

  • 2015: NRAI helping restaurants in installing breathalyzers for helping traffic police for reducing cases of   drunk driving.

Mumbai State Chapter

  • 2016: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis assures that police permit will not required for eating houses.
  • 2015: NRAI Mumbai chapter is part of the special committee formed under the Chairmanship of Chief   Secy. to look into various issues related to the restaurant industry.

Bengaluru State Chapter

  • 2016: Karnataka government to extend 1 AM deadline for bars & pubs from weekends to weekdays as well.
  • 2015: After NRAI Bengaluru Chapter’s push, excise department issued notification for allowing Bars and   restaurants to stay open till 1 am on weekends again.