Rajasthan governmnet passed non-bailable amendment bill to curb misbehavious on tourists

Published on : Wednesday, September 15, 2021

As per PTI, yesterday i.e. on Monday, in the state assembly, the Rajasthan government passed an amendment bill to insert a new section 27-A in the Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Act. Any misbehaviour with tourists will now on be a cognisable offence in Rajasthan, as per the new amendment bil. At the same time, if the misbehaviour is repeated, it will be an offence that would be non-bailable.

The Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 with a voice vote. According to the new section 27-A inserted in the Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Act, 2010, the offence will be cognizable and bailable. It also said that if the offence in sub-section 3 of section 13 is comiitted for than once, it will be non-bailable in sub-section 4 of section 13.

Govind Singh Dotasra, the Minister of State for Tourism in the Assembly explained that the legislation was brought in 2010 to get tourism much better and stop all sorts of misbehaviour with tourists. He also mentioned that the legislation did not highlight whether the punishment was bailable or non-bailable, so it had to be amended. In addition, he also said that Rajasthan government in Jaipur and Udaipur had developed police stations to keep a watch on various touting incidents. He added that the cases were filed in 2016 and challans were also submitted. However, the accused in January 2017 went to High Court, which quashed an FIR because the offences were not specifically provided in the Act as cognisable.

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