Jamshedpur, Jan 16: It is that time of the year when eateries including several restaurants down their shutters for more than a week. Starting from well-known joints- Anand, Ashirwaad and Madrasi Hotel in Bistupur will remain closed for about 10 days due to the festive season.
In Jamshedpur, most of the eateries employ their staff from Purulia, West Bengal or Patamda and Potka blocks of East Singhbhum or other parts of Jharkhand for whom Makar Sankranti is the biggest festival. The food business suffers the most during this time of the year.
“We have no option but to close from today. The restaurant will open next Monday most probably. This is one time of the year when we down our shutters and business gets affected,” said owner of an eatery at Sakchi.
“There is no accounting evaluation of the business loss the hotel industry incurs during these days but rough estimates indicate that business of around Rs 50 lakh goes waste during these three days of closer,” conceded a senior functionary Jamshedpur Hotelier’s Association.
In some cases even a week, the small and moderate scale hotel that caters snacks, tea and other mouth watering items to the consumers literally close down their shops, as most of the labourers go on Tusu holiday to their native places.
In Jamshedpur 80 percent of the hotels that include tea stalls, small and medium scale eateries and few of the popular restaurants pull down their shutters for three consecutive days at least, as it is genuinely difficult for them to run their business in the light of fewer work force.
“I closed of my shop for three consecutive days and, it is only after January 21 the business will start as few of the labourers would get back,” informed, Yogesh Gupta, owner of Gupta Tea Stall in Jugsalai.
Traditionally, Tusu is celebrated with gaiety and fanfare across the Jharkhand and there is no point stopping the tribals, who constitute a large chunk of the hotel work force, from going on leave to celebrate this festival with their family and relatives.
“Through out the year they work sincerely and on occasions they work over time but never ask for additional pay or any other benefit. So, it is but human for us to understand their sense when they ask for leave during Tusu,” conceded, Ramesh Mukherjee, owner of Snacks Point in Bistupur.