However, the visitors often face problems due to touts, illegal vendors, and undesirable elements.
Therefore, the state government has inserted a new section in the Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Act, 2010, Section 27-A.
According to section 27-A, “All the offences punishable under the Act shall be cognisable and bailable: provided that the offences punishable under subsection (3) and sub-section (4) of section 13 of the Act shall be cognisable and non-bailable".
According to Section 13 (3), if an individual commits the subsequent offence of touting the police would arrest him without a warrant. And, on conviction, he would go to jail for up to three years or would pay a fine of up to ₹30,000 or both.
Whereas, as per the Section 13 (4), if someone habitually engages in the practice of touting, then he would be punished for up to seven years or a fine up to ₹1 lakh or both.
The house passed the Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 with a voice vote.
Welcoming the development, Sanjay Kaushik, secretary of Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators the lapkas pose as guides, mislead and force tourists to shop in order to get a commission and extort money from them. They also harass the tourists.
Sunita Sharma, a national-level tourist guide and executive member of Tourist Federation of India, said touts are not regulated by the government and hence catching them is difficult.
(With PTI inputs)
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