KATHMANDU, June 17: The Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) has stated that it is not possible to operate hotels as per the exit laws and policies.
In a meeting with the newly-appointed Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security, Bimal Prasad Srivastava, HAN President, said that the hotel industry, which was crippled due to corona, could not function in accordance with the prevailing laws and policies. The association has demanded that transitional policy should be introduced.
Although the government has agreed not to increase the salary at this time considering the current situation of the hotel industry, HAN expressed dissatisfaction saying that the hotel industry has been included in the same group in the new salary increase category. According to HAN, the new salary published in the Nepal Gazette cannot be implemented immediately in the hotel sector.
HAN has also requested to make arrangements to deposit the amount in the social security fund (SSF) on the basis of the amount specified in the agreement as the minimum salary could not be paid as the agreement stipulates different amounts of salary according to the standard of the hotel.
Through the annual budget for the fiscal year 2021/22 announcement, the government had said that the SSF contribution for two months will be borne by the government. Considering this, the HAN said that a different policy should be adopted to increase the attraction towards the social security fund by providing additional assistance and other facilities to the most affected hotel industry.