Participating in a debate on the bill, Minister of State for Tourism Govind Singh Dotasra said the legislation was brought in 2010 to boost tourism and prevent misbehaviour with tourists (Image credit: Twitter/@GovindDotasra)
JAIPUR: Misbehaviour with tourists will now be a cognisable offence in Rajasthan and a non-bailable one if repeated.
An amendment bill was passed in the state assembly on Monday night to insert new section 27-A in the Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Act, 2010. The house passed the Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021. with a voice vote.
Tourism is one of the key industries in Rajasthan which is visited by lakhs of domestic and foreign tourists every year. However, the visitors often face problems due to touts, illegal vendors and undesirable elements. According to the new section, the offence will be cognizable and bailable. At the same time, if the offence in sub-section 3 of section 13 is repeated, it will be non-bailable in subsection 4 of section 13.
Participating in a debate on the bill, Minister of State for Tourism Govind Singh Dotasra said the legislation was brought in 2010 to boost tourism and prevent misbehaviour with tourists.
Dotasra said police stations in Jaipur and Udaipur were set up by the state government to check touting and cases were filed in 2016 and challans submitted.
But the accused went to the high court which in January 2017 quashed an FIR on the grounds that the offences were not specifically provided in the Act as cognizable. Therefore, the amendments have been made, he said.