Restrictions on homestay owners in Uttarakhand

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine

Sep-Oct 2016

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The Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rule 7 (2015) has been replaced with Rule 6 (2016). The Rule 6 (2016) has ten sub-rules whereas the Rule 7 (2015) had eleven sub-rules. These rules enumerate various restrictions on the homestay owners in Uttarakhand. Let’s compare the old and new rules:

Rule Number (2015)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015
Rule Number (2016)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015 (First Amendment Rules 2016)
Rule 7-1
The homestay owner shall not set up a hotel-like reception counter in the house. The homestay shall resemble a house.
Rule 6-1
No Change
Rule 7-2
The owner shall not operate any business from the homestay unit. For example, s/he shall not run a travel package business, travel agency, transport service, and /or handicraft business from the unit.
             
No Such Specifications
Rule 7-3
The owner shall not engage in or encourage any activities that may cause inconvenience to the neighbors or violate their privacy and other rights.  A comment on Rule 7-3: a good provision for maintaining peace in the locality.
Rule 6-2
No Change
Rule 7-4
The owner shall not publicize any misleading information about the unit.
Rule 6-3
No Change
Rule 7-5
The owner shall not involve in any kind of brokerage or commission business.
Rule 6-4
No Change
Rule 7-6
The owner shall inform the district tourism development office about the pre-decided homestay tariff.
Rule 6-5
No Change
Rule 7-7
The owner shall display pre-decided homestay tariff in a prominent place in the unit.
Rule 6-6
No Change
Rule 7-8
The owner shall provide details of the foreign guests to local police station.
Rule 6-7
There is slight change. The Rule 6-7 (2016) specifies the process of informing local police about foreign guests. The owner shall fill the Form C and submit it to local police station in urban areas and to patwari / rajasv police in rural areas.
Rule 7-9
The owner shall maintain a guest record register.
Rule 6-8
Same as Rule 7-9 (2015) but there is slight change in the implementation method. The Rule 6-8 (2016) specifies the format for the guest register.

Rule 7-10
A guest can stay maximum of fifteen days in a homestay unit. If a guest wants to stay for longer period, consent of the owner to re-check-in is necessary.
Rule 6-9
Contains the format for recording guest information. Here is the 15 column format:

  1. S.No.
  2. Name
  3. Age
  4. Address, including phone number
  5. Type of identity card and the card number
  6. Nationality
  7. Date and time of arrival
  8. Date and time of departure
  9. Number of room
  10. Number of tourists
  11. Passport and Visa number for foreign tourists
  12. Where are guests from?
  13. Where are guests proceeding to?
  14. Purpose of visit
  15. Signature

A guest can stay maximum of fifteen days in a homestay unit. If a guest wants to stay for longer period, consent of the owner to re-check-in is necessary.

Rule 7-11
The owner shall collect tourist statistics and submit to the district tourism development office on the fifth of the every month. The data shall be in the prescribed format*.  A comment on Rule 7-11: This is an oversimplified data format that does not give demographic details.
Rule 6-10
No Change

*

Home Stay Unit Name:
Month:

S.No.
Indian Tourists
Foreign Tourists
Total Tourists

Remember, the role of the homestay owner does not end after homestay registration. The responsibilities of the owner in fact increase after getting the registration certificate. For example, the owner shall maintain the standards and collect the guest data sincerely.

 

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