Himachal restaurants oppose new tax, but keep off strike

Shimla, April 29 (IANS) The Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association, with more than 300 members, Monday condemned service tax the central government has imposed from April 1 on hotels that are either fully or partially air-conditioned.

Hotels and restaurants across the state, including in tourist destinations Manali and Dharamsala, however, did not join the all-India strike called to protest the new tax. They operated normally as most of them are not air-conditioned.

Association general secretary Ashwani Sood told IANS that a meeting was held in Shimla and a resolution was passed to oppose the tax.

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