Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 1. The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a slew of directions for arresting the nefarious activities of unregistered travel agents.
Acting on a petition filed by a High Court retired Judge, a Division Bench directed the States of Punjab and Haryana, along with the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to ensure that no immigration consultant or agent was running business that was not registered under The Emigration Act, 1983.
Disposing of the petition filed in public interest by Justice Amar Dutt, the Bench also asked the authorities concerned to ensure that unauthorised agents were not working in their areas. In his petition filed through his counsel Anil Malhotra, Justice Dutt had stated mushrooming of unregistered recruiting agents was required to be checked for curbing immigration frauds.
Justice Dutt had also expressed apprehensions that such illegal agents might be functioning with impunity in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, without obtaining registration under Section 10 or permit under Section 16 of The Emigration Act, 1983.
These agents might be functioning by issuing newspaper advertisements or using other means to unethically recruit innocent persons for employment abroad, he had asserted.
The replies filed by the authorities were nothing less than eye openers. The State of Haryana, in its reply, said it had only seven authorised recruiting agents. Only 19 agents were registered in Chandigarh and 47 in Punjab.
The Bench reiterated its earlier order that no unauthorised agent should be allowed to function.