Authorities on Wednesday directed the handicraft dealers in Kashmir to acquire a valid Tourist Trade Registration Certificate (TTRC) and refrain from indulging in any kind of malpractice.
"It has been impressed upon all the handicraft dealers that their businesses shall fall within the ambit of Tourist Trade Act, as per which it is mandatory for them to acquire a valid TTRC from Directorate of Handicrafts," an official spokesman said.
He said the dealers should also refrain from indulging in any kind of malpractice like cheating, dishonesty, touting, impersonation, charging exorbitant prices, failure to display price on the labels and failure to give cash memos.
"We are closely monitoring all such business activities and action, as warranted under the state Tourist Trade Act, shall be initiated against defaulters," the spokesman warned.
Kashmir Valley is witnessing heavy rush of tourists, both domestic and foreign, following which a number of handicraft business establishments have come up along the roadside from Narbal to Tangnmarg en route to Gulmarg hill resort in north Kashmir.
In order to ensure that these establishments are running their businesses in conformity to the Tourist Trade Act and also to safeguard the interests of tourists visiting the state, the spokesman said an enforcement team of directorate of handicrafts conducted surprise inspection of showrooms in Narbal, Chichlora, Waripora, Kunzar and Dhobiwan in and around Tangmarg and Nishat and Shalimar along the banks of Dal Lake yesterday.
"During the course of inspection, it was found that some of the handicrafts business establishments are violating the norms of Tourist Trade Act following which fie was imposed on the erring dealers and an amount of Rs 11,000 was realized from them," the spokesman said.