Delhi Assembly passes anti-touting bill
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Last Updated: Monday, November 29, 2010, 22:14
New Delhi: Tourists visitng the capital can now be spared of the tout menace as the Delhi Assembly on Monday passed a bill providing for strict punishment for those indulging in enticing, misguiding or coercing people for shopping, accommodation and transportation.

The much talked-about anti-touting bill was introduced in the House by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and was passed by a voice vote without discussion in the absence of opposition BJP members who were expelled for three days on Friday for causing ruckus over Commonwealth Games corruption.

The Delhi Prevention of Touting and Malpractices Against Tourists Bill, 2010 provides for a maximum jail term of one year or maximum fine of Rs 10,000 or both for those indulging in touting.

The bill also provides for jail term of six months, or fine of Rs 5,000, or both for abetting touting or malpractice and three months jail or fine of Rs 2,000 or both for attempting to commit the offence. The offences will be cognisable and bailable.

The proposed legislation will replace an ordinance promulgated by Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna on October one, just ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

It aims at preventing "enticing, misguiding or coercing for shopping, accommodation, transportation, sight-seeing or pestering for any particular premises... any person, establishment, dealer or manufacturer for personal consideration."

As per definition given in the bill, malpractice includes dishonesty, cheating, impersonation and obstruction in allowing free choice for shopping or stay or travel arrangements by the tourists.

The provisions of the legislation will be enforced by the Delhi Police.

The bill authorises the Commissioner of Police or any police officer not below the rank of DCP, to declare any person who is habitually or repeatedly involved in activities punishable under the new act, out of bounds from Delhi or any part of the city for a period of six months. The period may be extend to one year also.

The House also passed The Delhi Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2010, providing for deduction of TDS (tax deducted at source) at the rate of four per cent in case of unregistered contractors and sub-contractors.

Keeping in view infrastructure development and large-scale construction in the city, this enhancement of rate of tax is expected to generate additional resources.


First Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 22:14

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