Lahore, November 12, 2020 (PPI-OT): President of The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mian Tariq Misbah has said that the Marriage Halls sector contributes substantially to the GDP of Pakistan. Closure of banquet halls and Marquees impacts more than 50 allied industries including poultry, rice, meat, cooking oil, flour, fruits/vegetables, crockery, clothing, shoes, cosmetics, decoration, furniture, electronics/lighting, photography, wedding cards and jewellery etc. Around 20% revenues of the food Industry in Punjab are cognizant upon the operations of Marriage Halls therefore govt must reconsider its decision to close marriage halls from 20th November.
Mian Tariq Misbah appreciated the steps taken by government to facilitate the businesses in this crunch time. He said the marriage halls sector has been adversely impacted by the lockdown and the consequent economic slowdown in recent times. He said this while speaking with the representatives of the Marriage Halls Association. LCCI former Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar, Executive Committee Member Mardan Ali Zaidi, General Secretary Marriage Halls Association Malik Aqeel, Junaid Zia, Shahid Ismail, Naveed Aslam Muhammad Munir, Muhammad Ibrahim and Sheikh Tayyab were also present on the occasion.
The LCCI President said that banquet halls industry have suffered a lot due to the previous six-months-long lockdown and now they should be allowed to work and govt should facilitate them by waiving off the rent of Banquet Halls and Marquees built on Government and Semi Government Land for seven months and should also compensate the rents of Banquet Halls and Marquees built on privately owned lands for seven months. He said their property taxes should be waived off for at least one year and they should be given exemption in PRA Sales tax for 2 years. The members of the delegation said that no case of COVID-19 was reported in the marriage halls due to the strict SOPs implementation.
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