Classes of homestays in Uttarakhand

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Sep-Oct 2016

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Old and new registration fee for 3 types of homestays in UttarakhandAll homes are not same because living standards are not uniform anywhere in the world. Uttarakhand is not an exception either. To cash in on these differences, Uttarakhand divides homestays in different classes. The homeowners affording high living standards may choose the matching class for the registration and enjoy competitive advantage.

The rules 2 and 4 from the Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015 deal with these classes and the respective registration fees. The State has amended both the rules.

The Rule 2 (2015) has become Rule 3 (2016) that focuses on revised homestay classification. The number of homestay classes has been increased from two to three. The class-specific registration fee has been done away with. A uniform registration fee has been prescribed for all three classes.

Here is a comparison of two set of rules:

Description
Rule Number (2015)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015
Rule Number (2016)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015 (First Amendment Rules 2016)

Classification of homestay
Rule 2-a
Divides homestays in two classes:(1) Gold

(2) Silver

Rule 3-a
Divides homestays in three classes:

(1) Class A (Gold House)

(2) Class B (Silver House)

(3) Class C (Bronze House)

Classification criteria – Facilities

(Note:

Both services and facilities will be appraised against the standards laid down in these rules.)

Rule 2-a
Yes
Rule 3-a
Yes

Classification criteria- Quality of services provided in the homestay unit
Rule 2-a
Yes
Rule 3-a
Yes
Classification criteria-Location
Rule 2-a
Yes
Rule 3-a
Yes

Non-refundable classification fee in INR for Gold House (Class A)
Rule 4
3,000
Rule 4-c
500

A fall of more than 83%

Non-refundable classification fee in INR  for Silver House (Class B)
Rule 4
2,000
Rule 4-c
500

A fall of 75%

Non-refundable classification fee in INR for Bronze House (Class C)
Rule 4
No such specification
Rule 4-c
500
Classification / Registration Fee
Rule 4
The fee shall be deposited in the form of demand draft drawn in favor of Chief Executive Officer, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Dehradun.
Rule 4-c
The fee shall be deposited in the form of demand draft drawn in favor of Chief Executive Officer, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Dehradun.
Validity of registration starting from the date of registration
Rule 2-b
Two (2) years
Rule 3-b
Two (2) years
Renewal
Rule 2-b
Renewal application can be submitted within three months of the expiry of the existing registration.
Rule 3-b
Renewal application can be submitted within three months of the expiry of the existing registration.
Classification standards for rural and urban units
             
Different
            
Different

Selection of homestays
Rule 2-c
The homestay units that satisfy the following conditions will be given preference during registration:

  • Traditional decorations
  • Indian / Uttarakhandi–style food

Rule 3-c
The homestay units that satisfy the following conditions will be given preference during registration:

  • Traditional decorations
  • Indian / Uttarakhandi–style food

Existing paying guest scheme managed by Uttar Pradesh (UP) before formation of Uttarakhand
Rule 2-d
Will become defunct after the implementation of these rules.
Rule 3-d
Will become defunct after the implementation of these rules.

However, the homestay units registered under the (UP) paying guest scheme can continue the business until their registration is valid.

Existing paying guest scheme managed by Uttar Pradesh before formation of Uttarakhand
Rule 2-e
However, the homestay units registered under the (UP) paying guest scheme can continue the business until their registration is valid. After that these will not be renewed.
Rule 3-e
Existing paying guest units can apply under new rules for registration.

 

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