A planned faculty trip to the United States has become a nightmare for the mother and father of kids studying at Sacred Heart Convent School in Ludhiana’s Sarabha Nagar after rejection of visas by means of the embassy. Aggrieved dad and mom are now demanding their money again from the tour agent who was hired by way of the college authorities for the purpose.

A organization of 148 students from lessons nine to eleven of Sacred Heart Convent School had paid Rs 2.Eighty lakh every for the trip. After their visas were rejected in July first week, mother and father had been back Rs 1.30 lakh every, whilst sum of Rs 1.50 lakh every (totalling Rs 2.22 crore approximately) continues to be stuck with the travel agent.

Failing to get the money again even a month after visa rejection, the dad and mom have now approached police against journey agent as faculty government have communicated to them that pending money (Rs 1.50 lakh every scholar) is stuck with the journey agent. While mother and father on Friday met the Additional DCP Surendra Lamba, the school fundamental said that she has already submitted a police grievance against journey agent on behalf of the faculty for now not returning the pending quantity.

A figure told The Indian Express: “We paid Rs 2.80 lakh every in December 2018 while the ride was deliberate. We were also given an itinerary of the experience through this travel agency referred to as ‘World Leisure Holidays’. There are general 148 college students who had been scheduled to go to the United States in July. The college students have been divided into three companies. Two corporations have been taken to Delhi in July first week for visa interviews, but visas of all of them were rejected. So the 1/3 group wasn’t taken. As soon as we were given to realize that visas have been rejected, we started annoying our money back from college. The faculty again Rs eighty,000 according to scholar in first installment and said that rest of amount is with the travel agent. Then after school submitted police grievance against this agent, he released some other installment of Rs 50,000 in line with student. So we’ve received Rs 1.30 lakh in line with scholar, however Rs 1.50 lakh in line with pupil continues to be caught. We aren’t being instructed that when amount could be back. It is Rs 2.22 crore in general approximately.”

Another parent alleged, “Whenever we method the college major, she says that travel agent isn’t picking her calls additionally so she has submitted police criticism. Now, is it our fault if tour agent is not communicating even with school government? First they promised moon and stars to the students and took the cash. Tall claims were made in the itinerary which turned into given to us.”

The itinerary for the proposed 14-day trip, which was given to the dad and mom and college students through the employer (reproduction with The Indian Express) said that scholars could visit New York, Niagara falls, Washington DC, San Francisco, NASA Ames visitor centre, Universal Studios and Disney Land at Los Angeles, California with stay at three or 4 superstar resorts in the course of the excursion.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Additional DCP (Economic Offences Wing) Surendra Lamba stated that police has received a written grievance in opposition to journey agent Aman Bawa, who runs World Leisure Holidays from faculty main following which he was contacted and made to return Rs 50,000 to every discern. “Since extra than half of of amount (Rs 1.50 lakh in keeping with student) continues to be pending, we will document an FIR against him if he fails to go back the cash in coming days. We have additionally instructed mother and father to report a written complaint towards him. He is in touch with us, but yet to verify while he’ll go back money,” said Lamba.

Meanwhile, college foremost Sister Reshmi, speakme to The Indian Express, claimed: “We had Rs eighty,000 according to student in coins which we had kept as protection and it became again at once after visas had been rejected. The agent has stopped picking my calls too so I filed police criticism towards him. Now, pending quantity is stuck with him. We do now not have a penny taken from dad and mom.”

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