Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday claimed eating places within the metropolis face harassment resulting from ‘licence raj’ and hoped the municipal companies will quickly adjust to the FSSAI directive to discontinue issuing meals licences.
This comes days after the Delhi authorities introduced the abolition of police licenses and well being commerce licences, issued by the BJP-ruled municipal companies, for eating places. It set a 10-day deadline for the abolishment of well being commerce licences.
The firms have alleged that the choice is a “ploy” to weaken the civic our bodies and mentioned they’ll search authorized opinion to “counter” the transfer.
“Eating places contribute to Delhi financial system and taxes in a giant manner. They face harassment resulting from license raj. All governments ought to work collectively to take away harassment. Centre (central) authorities physique FSSAI has directed MCDs to cease issuing meals licenses. I hope MCDs will comply quickly with Centre’s instructions,” Kejriwal mentioned in a tweet on Sunday.
The Delhi authorities’s resolution to abolish licences for eating places was taken at a gathering chaired by Kejriwal. It was attended by restaurant house owners.
Within the assembly, the restaurateurs had mentioned the Meals Security and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) already points meals security and hygiene licences. Issuing of well being commerce licences by native our bodies duplicated the duty and was irrelevant.
North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash had mentioned he has sought authorized opinion to counter the federal government’s transfer.
South Delhi Mayor Anamika alleged that the AAP authorities is doing politics over the issuing of well being commerce licences.
“They’re deceptive individuals by saying no licence ought to be there to run eating places. The licences are issued by the companies below the DMC Act 1957 to make sure the security and luxury of individuals by making certain adherence to numerous parameters,” she mentioned.
The well being commerce licence is issued on-line for ease of doing enterprise and there’s no interference by any officer. All the course of is clear, she added.
Anamika mentioned these licences cowl varied parameters like structural security of a restaurant constructing, secure ingesting water to forestall water-borne illnesses, well being check-up of waiters and supply boys, strong waste administration and sanitation.
Restaurateurs have welcomed the federal government’s resolution.