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Updates on NRAI Lobbying Activities

  • Easing / Rationalising of Licensing norms and moving towards single window system.
    • Ministry of Commerce and Industry (DIPP)
    • CII (Associations Council)
    • Tourism Ministry and Invest India
  • FSSAI – Engaging with the regulator on multiple issues:
    • Food Safety Supervisor Training Programme across the country
    • Review of Act and Rules
    • Issues related to HFSS foods
    • Safe & Nutritious Food Programme
  • Ministry of Finance
    • Representations and meetings regarding GST
  • Ministry of Consumer Affairs
    • MRP
    • Issues related to Service Charge
    • Portion Control
  • THSC / NSDC (Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship)
    • For providing trained manpower
  • DIPP
    • Music License Issues

Achievements

2017:

  • Order by the Supreme Court on MRP that it would not apply to any commodities / items being served to customers in restaurants
  • Success in DPCC case before the NGT
  • Order by the Supreme Court on Highway Liquor Ban not applicable to restaurants and bars within city limits

2016:

  • Success in agreement by FSSAI for formulating guidelines on standards for reuse of oil in restaurants
  • The Cabinet approved the Model Shops and Establishments Act that allows shops, malls and other establishments to operate 24×7
  • NRAI succeeded in resolving issue with delivery bikes – Ministry of Road Transport and Highways allowed fitment of boxes for delivery
  • FSSAI formed a subgroup with NRAI to amend rules that govern safety standards at eating establishments

2014:

  • NRAI won the hookah case in the Supreme Court 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

2013:

  • Sustained efforts of the association had been successful in initiating the process for setting up an ‘Inter Ministerial Group’ under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which would look into the various problems faced by the restaurant industry
  • Sealing in Defence Colony and Khan Market over issue of conversion charges
  • Issues related to Hauz Khas Village and Hookah service
  • Use of Charcoal in Restaurants as permitted fuel
  • Stoppage of new excise licenses
  • Restaurant issues in CP
  • Extension of timings based on model shops & establishment act
  • Minimum Wages notification by Delhi Govt.
  • Open air service – with Delhi Govt. / LG / Municipal authorities
  • Issues with SDMC:
    • Solid waste management
    • Use as public toilets
  • Excise Policy in Delhi
    • Excise Fee (Structure, Payment Dates, Interest on installments)
    • License processing / documentation
    • Service in Additional Areas & Additional bars
    • Extension of Operating Timings
    • Purchase of Liquor from retail vends
    • Entertainment NOCs
    • Drinking Age / Dry Days
    • Microbreweries

Achievements

2017:

  • Issuance of New Excise Licences in Delhi after several representations and meetings with the Delhi Government at various levels
  • Stay granted to NRAI Members in the Minimum Wages Case by the High Court in Delhi

2016:

  • DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) 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)
  • Govt announced implementation of single window clearance system from 2017 onwards for the restaurant industry

2015:

  • Delhi government agreed to implement NRAI proposal for developing 15 tourism hubs.
  • Delhi government made the process of renewal of excise license for hotels, restaurants and clubs online.
  • NRAI’s year-long push got the government moving, clearing the road for Micro-breweries.
  • MRP Case: The Delhi High Court held that no penal action can be taken by the authorities under the old law.
  • Excise Department stopped independent visits to restaurants by inspectors. Central teams will make inspections on specific inputs as required.

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 regarding the guidelines set by Delhi Pollution Control Committee
  • High powered meeting with Hon’ble CM in September 2017 discussed Terrace Area Service, 24 Hour Zones, Food Trucks, and Late Night Permissions on weekends, etc.
  • Removal of police permission for eating houses, permit rooms.
  • Reduction in number of licenses from 37 to 31.
  • Relaxation of some stringent licensing and labour law norms.

Achievements

2017:

  • New policy for serving food on open to air terrace.
  • Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act, 2017 allowing shops to remain open 24×7 in the state

2016:

  • Maharashtra govt. reduced no. of licenses from 37 to 31. Relaxation of some stringent conditions for eating House License. Removal of Police License for eating House and Permit Rooms.

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.
  • Minimum Wages
  • Plastic Ban
  • Short lifting excise
  • BBMP Issues
  • Licencing issues regarding live bands, cabarets and discos

Achievements

2016:   

  • Karnataka government to extend 1am 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 1am on weekends again.
  • Representations being made regarding various issues related to the proposed excise policy
  • Ban on use of liquid nitrogen in restaurants

Achievements

2017:   

  • Gurgaon Chapter actively led the legal case in Supreme Court highway ban.

2016:

  • Approval for service in open areas