Indian restaurant owners offer discounts to help out migrant workers

By KARL DANEYERAARENABENAPATHAARANABENKASHUNNA, April 13 (Reuters) – Restaurants in New Delhi and Mumbai are offering discounts for the families of migrant workers as part of a campaign to help ease the strain on the labour force.

Under a plan announced by the government, families of three or more people are offered discounts on two-for-one meals.

The offer is valid from March 17 to April 25, with discounts to extend to April 30.

The offer is available in several restaurants including restaurants in the central city of New Delhi, a popular tourist destination, and several other parts of the city, including parts of Mumbai, and across the state of Maharashtra, said Arvind Bhasin, chief executive officer of the Restaurant Association of India.

It is aimed at easing the burden of migrant labourers and people living in poverty, he said.

The Association of Restaurants and Cafes of India said it is in the process of offering similar discounts to other workers, including women and children.

In a statement on Thursday, the association said it was working to increase the number of foreign workers in the restaurant industry by 10 percent.

It also said that a new restaurant in Mumbai was opening up in the early hours of the morning, bringing the number coming in by air to 1,300.

It has launched an app to facilitate the recruitment of foreign cooks.

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