No check on people selling ‘phoren’ dreams


Amritsar, July 28

Though the district administration has already released a list of licensed travel agents, ticket booking and IELTS centres, several unlicensed agents are still operating their business in the city.

The administration had on June 30 released a list 95 centres that had been issued licenses so far. Further, around 113 applications are pending for want of verification and other necessary documents. However, a visit to many markets in the city revealed that almost every third shop was involved in the business of education consultancy, study abroad or IELTS training institutes.

Many IELTS institutes are also involved in filling application forms for foreign universities on behalf of the applicants. The government had decided to bring these centres too under the ambit of the law.

However, as evident from the boards and advertisements regarding services, such as ‘abroad study’ and ‘work permits’, the repeated warnings by the administration appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

“Some fraudulent travel agent may convince gullible students that he or she has applied for a licence and will get it soon. However, his application may be rejected later, so the administration shouldn’t allow anyone to operate until the licence is issued,” Amanpreet Singh, a city resident.

The district administration has stated that efforts are on to collect information about such centres running without licences. According to officials, necessary action would be taken shortly.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha had warned of strict action against such illegal centres.


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