1. Now, Narendra Modi government removes service charge from restaurants

Now, Narendra Modi government removes service charge from restaurants

The government has asked to remove the service charge voluntary component levied by hotels

By: | New Delhi | Updated: April 14, 2017 3:15 PM
Service charge removed, Service charge, no Service charge on food bills, Service charge on food bills, food bills service charge removed, narendra modi, pm modi, modi, prime minister narendra modi No service charge will be applied on the hotel bills. (Source: PTI)

The Narendra Modi-led Central government has another happy news for the food lovers. The government has asked to remove the service charge voluntary component levied by hotels. After this move, people won’t have to pay the service charge on restaurant’s food bills. The news was confirmed by the Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan who said service charge is not a tax, only a tip. “Have issued an advisory to restaurants to remove levying service charge since it is not a tax, only a tip,” he added.

Earlier in this year, the government had asked all the restaurants and hotels to put up notices stating ‘service charge is voluntary’. It gave the visitors an option of paying the charge only if they are satisfied with the service. The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution had said that service charge on food bill wasn’t compulsory and that customers could ask for it to be waived if they weren’t satisfied with the experience.

Yesterday, the Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the government will not bring a law to check food wastage at hotels and restaurants, rather it will encourage them to take voluntary steps in this regard. “We don’t want any regulations or issue advisory nor want to bring a new law. We want hotels and restaurants to take voluntary steps to address the issue of food wastage,” Paswan told the news agency PTI.

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A meeting was organised with the associations of hotels and restaurants, who have agreed to take voluntary steps to check food wastage according to Paswan. “They have agreed to train their staff on the issue. The staff will be trained to interact with customers and inform them about the portion of dishes served clearly,” he added.

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    Manoj JIn
    Apr 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    This talk was badly conducted there was lot of interference when conversation was at peak.Topic should be covered again with better anchor.
    1. Ganesh Kamat
      Apr 15, 2017 at 10:43 am
      On the Hotel food bill there should be option for service charges such as 5 / 10 / Rs..... This will solve the service charges problem. Otherwise hotelier will increase the Rate. This issue is created to divert main national issue.
      1. H
        Apr 15, 2017 at 9:35 am
        What a historical decision, really. These hyper active Bhakt of govt. do not realise that they make mockery of the govt through such trivial news.
        1. Anup Dwibedi
          Apr 15, 2017 at 3:34 am
          Sir , myself anup , ma hotel and restaurant line ma job kor ta hun. Mera kahana ke matlab hai , jab sarkar Ne service charge ke baat uthai, tab sarkar ko sochna chieya hamara bare ma ( Jo Hume ry Milta Hai Us ry se Hum Ghar Chala Nahi Pate,) Jab Hum a ry plus service Charge Milta Hai tab Hum Ghar Chala Le lete hai. Jab Koi customer restaurant Mein khana khane Aate Hain Hum customer ko service dete hai. Jaise Hum suggest karte hain customer ko chahiye drink ho yeh food ho, Unka Pasand ki khana Kya Hai . Jab Koi customer Apna food order place Karte Hai The Hum Unki order table Me serve kor ta Hai, is reason Hum guest se service charge la ta Hai.( Aur service charge bill ma add hokar ata Hai) Agar Sarkar service charge hatane ke liye soch rahe tum mere kya matlab hai service tax bhi bill Se hatana chahiye. Aur Ek mein baat bolna Chahta Hoon Jab Sarkar ne cashless kor Diya , to guest kahan se tips De ga . Ya toh Sarkar ko Soch Na Chahiye employee ki ry ke baare mei .
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            Rahul Kirtikar
            Apr 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm
            Fine service charge should not be compulsory.! Agreed.! You'll can't bloody reduce the taxes which we are heavily paying but you'll have compulsorily removed service charge/ tip.! It can be kept at the choice of the customer to pay or no.! We could lieve it and then it's up to the customer to pay.! As hospitality ries are less and many people depend on the service charge.! No tax reduction and why increase in the vat and service tax all of a sudden what about that.! Putting a blind eye on that eh Also it's at the restaurants discretion whether to charge it or not.! If you don't like it and don't wanna pay for the services then don't go out and eat ..!
            1. Deep Blue Sea
              Apr 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
              Good move by the Government, no Service Charge in the restaurant bills and no interference by the government on the portions of food served in restaurants.
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