The association also urged to ensure bank loans with a small interest such that 60,000 food establishments across the country could make a turnaround
Bangladesh Restaurant Owners Association (BROA) on Sunday demanded to allocate Tk10,000 crore in the National Budget for corona-hit restaurant businesses.
The association also urged to ensure bank loans with a small interest such that 60,000 food establishments across the country could make a turnaround.
They made the demands at a virtual press conference.
According to the association, the sales of all restaurants slumped during the covid-19 situation as the customers stopped coming to restaurants for dining. All restaurants were closed automatically after the declaration of general holiday on March 26.
M Rezaul Karim Sarker Robin, general secretary of the association said, food and service sector including hotel and restaurants, yogurt and sweet sectors were the worst victims of the covid-19 pandemic.
The restaurant and agricultural sectors both depend on each other, organizers have said.
“If restaurants aren’t opened agriculture sector could not recover as the later is the biggest supplier of agriculture produce to hotels and restaurants,” Robin added.
Khandaker Ruhul Amin, president of the association said the leaders of the association had requested the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for emergency measures in order to save a large number of people including owners of the sectors, million workers and their families.
The association also demanded to ensure opening restaurant from 8am to 12 am. They also sought a clarification by amending the circular dated 26th May that 'hotel-restaurant' sector with food and services was an emergency service.