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Large-scale exodus hits businesses

Hotel industry puts exodus rate at 50%,security at 5%; Pune Hoteliers’ Association expects more to leave

Written by Express News Service | August 18, 2012 2:47:40 am

Hotel industry puts exodus rate at 50%,security at 5%; Pune Hoteliers’ Association expects more to leave

The large-scale exodus of people from the Northeast has brought in a temporary lull in the hotel business in the city. Following attacks on people from the Northeast in the city,almost 50 per cent of this population working in the hospitality sector has already left the city,according to a rough estimate of the Pune Hoteliers’ Association.

Hotel owners are also seeking police help in instilling confidence in some of them and stopping them from leaving,but most are leaving as their families back home are asking them to do so,said members of the Association.

With most of them working in key restaurants in Koregaon Park,Kondwa and Camp,the Association expects some more to leave for a shortwhile. “The sector has a huge population from the northeast. From full-time employees to part-time students,almost 50 per cent left yesterday and we are expecting more to leave in coming days. Their relatives at home are calling them back,’’ said Ganesh Shetty,president of the Association.

“The sudden exodus has definitely affected businesses,especially in Camp,Kondwa and Koregaon Park and they have other employees pitching in for more time,’’ added Shetty. He said the Association puts the figure at 1,000 who are working in the hospitality but there could be more.

It’s not just with small restaurants,many five-star hotels too have employees at the front office. According to employees at these five-star hotels,their colleagues from the Northeast have been given leave for their sudden decision to leave the city. A restaurant in Kondwa which has about 10 waiters from northeast saw all their waiters leave on Thursday. “We had to take on temporary employees who work by day and we have to look for new recruitments as they have not told us when they will return,’’ said the manager of the restaurant.

Another restaurant in Camp said fortunately they had a mix of employees from Northeast and other areas and though the former left,the latter were able to salvage the situation and business is yet not affected.

After a feedback from restaurants,Shetty said many of them are struggling and are looking for new staff till these people return. However,he is positive that they will return.

Captain (Retd) Sudhir Dalvi,CMD of Dalvi Group that runs a facility management company which looks into security agency,has a good number of employees from the Northeast,said,“The attrition rate is just about 5 per cent. However,I firmly believe that they will come back. Police officials too have been very supportive and this situation should not last more than a week.”

Though IT companies have not recorded persons from the Northeast moving out,Maharashtra Industrial Development Company officials are on guard and already talking to police officers. MIDC Regional Officer Ajit N Relekar said he has been talking to liasoning officers of companies and they have not mentioned of any person from the northeast leaving. “I am in regular touch with them,’’ said Relekar. But he is aware that there are many labourers from these areas who have left. Small industries have asked localites to go in for double shifts. “They have taken leave,’’ said an employee from a firm in Kondwa.

Parlours have also been hit,especially in Camp and Kondwa,which have a large number of women working from the Northeast. “These women have taken leave for 15 days. They should be coming back,’’ said the manager of a parlour in Kondwa after five of her 10 employees left.

The affected

All 10 waiters at a restaurant in Kondwa left on Thursday.

Many restaurants struggling and are looking for new staff till these people return

Small industries have asked localites to go in for double shifts

Parlours also hit,especially in Camp and Kondwa,which have a large number of women working from the northeast.

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