SRINAGAR Police on Wednesday dismissed media reports that hawkers selling goods to tourists were being harassed unnecessarily.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tourism Enforcement Srinagar, Amarjit Singh told a local news agency that action was taken against those hawkers who are running their business unit without licenses.
A person cannot deal with tourists without getting himself registered. He has to register himself properly through tourism department following which he is entitled to sell goods to tourist, he said.
He added that nearly 30 hawkers are registered with tourism department while others are selling goods to tourists without getting themselves registered. We asked them many times, but despite they are not getting themselves registered, thus compelling the police to act against them, he added.
The hawkers are harassing tourists, compelling them to buy their material, he said.
Director Tourism Kashmir, Nisar Ahmad Wani said that stern action is being taken against the hawkers who are being found violating the norms. We have already recovered Rs 11 Lakh as fine from those violating the norms, he said, adding that the department is keeping close vigil on those violating the norms.