Make code of conduct "legally binding" before CWG: NGOs
Government should make "legally binding" the code of conduct for safe and honourable tourism and should plug-in the loopholes in order to make it more effective ahead of Commonwealth Games, say NGOs.Updated: Jul 07, 2010 13:20 IST
Government should make "legally binding" the code of conduct for safe and honourable tourism and should plug-in the loopholes in order to make it more effective ahead of Commonwealth Games, say NGOs.
The guidelines are applicable to all owners, suppliers, contractors and employees of the travel and tour sector including hotels, restaurants, lodges, guest houses, tour agents and entertainment establishments. Service providers also come under its ambit.
However, its not legally binding and the the Ministry of Tourism will only promote entities adopting the code on its website.
"The code has good intentions behind it but it should be legally binding. There is no monitoring mechanism in place. It should include rehabilitation plan for children and more child homes for them," says Mohammad Aftab, National Manager, Save the Children, an NGO.
"It requires a fraction of huge budget spent on the Commonwealth Games extravaganza," he adds.
All hotels and tour operators need to train two people to ensure the code is followed.
"The advisory says that staff of hotel and guest houses should be trained to keep eye on any kind of exploitation. In cities, couples visit hotels to spend time together. The code makes these people vulnerable now and police will be in a position to exploit them," says Sanjay Gupta from Bal Adhikar Abhiyan India.
The surrogate advertisements of massage parlours, escorts and friendship clubs in newspapers will be a big concern for the authorities to check prostitution, specially during the Games when these parlours would seek to cash in on the huge number of foreign clients.
"We have placed a petition in the Supreme Court to check these advertisements, pleading the court to establish guidelines to check their unwanted activities," says Rishikant from Shakti Vahini.
"As responsible people, we will talk to all the stakeholders as we have some guidelines to follow a path. After some time, we hope the code would be made enforceable by the Government," he adds.