‘We are not able to pay Loan instalment let alone salary of our staff’
Srinagar, August 27 : Due to the prevailing uncertainty in Kashmir in the backdrop of revocation of article 370, more than 5,000 Kashmir hotels stand locked and at least 10,000 staff members of chain of hotels have been fired as the owners assert that due to the huge losses they have suffered in the past over 20 days, they were not able to pay their loan instalments let alone the salary of their employees.
Talking to news agency Fayaz Ahmed Lone, a hotel owner at Boulevard said that since past over twenty days, they have suffered huge losses. “I had 25 staffers including waiters and cooks. I have fired at 16 in the first phase and three more in the second phase as I am not able to pay them their monthly salary due to the prevailing situation that has taken a serious toll on the tourism industry,” he said.
He said that August month used to be the peak season for the tourism industry in Kashmir and the uncertainty has gripped entire Valley at a time when “we were expecting huge tourism inflow.”
At hotel pine and peaks Gulmarg, due to the tensions in the wake of scrapping of article 370, the hotel management has laid off 30 staffers including eight cooks and waiters.
“When hotel is empty, we decided to lock it down for some time with a hope that situation improves. But one thing is clear that financial position of all the hoteliers is in a sorry state of affairs,” Mujeeb ur Rehman, who owns, hotel pine and peaks told.
Talking to news agency, Arshid Rasool, who was working as a waiter at hotel Emperor on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, said that he was asked to quit his job by the hotel management that cited deteriorating financial position in the backdrop of roll back of Article 370.
Since August 5, when the Government of India revoked the Article 370, an unprecedented clampdown was imposed in Kashmir amid heavy deployment of security forces.
Mobile phone services and all kinds of internet facilities were snapped while as strict curbs were imposed across Kashmir especially in the summer capital of Srinagar. Since then, Schools, Colleges are shut and normal life across the region stands badly affected. (KNO)