With the heavy rush of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has issued an advisory to service providers to desist from cheating, overcharging the tourists.
The government said that on a specific complaint, Deptt. Blacklists a service provider, initiates other criminal proceedings; sets up a Central Monitoring Committee for the purpose.
The authorities have made it amply clear that relevant provisions of J&K Registration of Tourist Trade Act-1978/2012 and other penal laws would be invoked in case of deviant stakeholders.
Recently J&K Tourism Department said that though it was good that we are witnessing a bumper season of tourist arrivals, it was incumbent upon the stakeholders and the Department to ensure that tourists are attended decently, properly and charged fairly for the services they utilize so that they return back with memories as beautiful as Kashmir is known for.
The Department has constituted a Central Monitoring team comprising Deputy Director, Kashmir, Registration and Enforcement to randomly check the destinations to cross check strict following of prescribed rate lists and other SoPs notified.
Separate monitoring teams have also been set up at all destinations comprising respective Resort Officers, representatives from Development Authorities and Tourist Police with a similar mandate to check any kind of harassment to tourists while they visit different picnic spots.