Restaurants and Bars in the country are reeling from the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that has banned serving of liquor in outlets located within 500 metres from a national highway. Although done with the right intention of reducing mishaps caused due to drinking and driving, this is definitely not the correct approach, and neither will it help in the long term. Alcohol serving outlets will just pop up further away from highways and people will still drink & drive. A better way would be to make traffic rules stricter, charging heavy fines and confiscating licenses in such cases. Condemning hoards of restaurants, hoping this might work, is downright irresponsible towards the revenue of F&B industry.
This is just one of the many recent examples that has popped up. Rooftops in CP have been sealed, which is one of it’s biggest attractions and have lead to a lot of loss in business. Anything from an election in a nearby state to the whim of a policy maker to an un-bribed official ticked off with a restaurant owner, can stop a business before the day is over. Every state has different restaurant laws and an outlet needs around 35 licenses to operate legally, which also need to be renewed approximately annually.
What’s unfair is how the system just isn’t in the favour of restaurant and bar owners. At any point they can have a law passed that can completely shut down their business with no fair warning or compensation. There is no union for these businessmen to band under an umbrella and fight the changes with the country as laws everywhere are different and it’s impossible to unite. When will the government understand that these cafes and chains aren’t just an unimportant entertainment side business allowed to the citizens but a giant industry that’s providing jobs and keeping the mental welfare of the country at a high. You can sign this petition in a small effort against the recent highway law, but we’re really hoping some major governmental mindset change comes into play soon.