Himachal restaurants oppose new tax, but keep off strike

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 17:10 hrs

Shimla, April 29 (IANS) The Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association, with more than 300 members, Monday condemned service tax the central government has imposed from April 1 on hotels that are either fully or partially air-conditioned.

Hotels and restaurants across the state, including in tourist destinations Manali and Dharamsala, however, did not join the all-India strike called to protest the new tax. They operated normally as most of them are not air-conditioned.

Association general secretary Ashwani Sood told IANS that a meeting was held in Shimla and a resolution was passed to oppose the tax.

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