Representatives of the Punjab Travel Agents' Association (PTAA) and the Association of Consultants for Overseas Studies (ACOS) on Friday called on Punjab NRI affairs minister Bikram Singh Majithia to discuss the issues of registration of travel agents, immigration agents and overseas studies consultants under the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act 2012.
Presiding over the meeting, Majithia said the Act was aimed at identifying unscrupulous elements, who were fleecing innocent people under the garb of travel agents by issuing fake advertisements in the media. He said the government, after thorough consultations at various levels, had enacted this Act to regulate the industry so that genuine persons shouldn't suffer.
The minister added that after registration, persons and companies having registration numbers could operate in the state. He said the state government was always open to address issues of the industry pertaining to this Act to make it more effective as well as to simplify the registration process.
During the meeting, representatives of the PTAA and the ACOS raised the issues of powers for search and seizure, complaint disposal system, submission of monthly reports, simplification of the process of licence application, reduction of licensing fee, mandatory licence for any company or individual soliciting business from Punjab, besides an awareness campaign for the industry as well as individuals.
Earlier DS Bains, principal secretary, home, gave a briefing about the Act and allayed the industry's apprehensions in this regard.