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 the embassy rejected visas. Aggrieved dad and mom are now demanding their money again from the tour agent hired by the college authorities. One hundred forty-eight students from lessons nine to eleven of Sacred Heart Convent School had paid Rs 2.Eighty lakh for the trip. After their visas were rejected in July’s first week, mother and father had been back Rs 1.30 lakh every, while the sum of Rs 1.50 lakh every (totaling 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 the police against the journey agent as the faculty government has communicated to them that pending money (Rs 1.50 lakh for every scholar) is stuck with the journey agent. While the mother and father met the Additional DCP Surendra Lamba on Friday, the school principal said that she had already submitted a police grievance against the 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 December 2018 while the ride was deliberate. We were also given an itinerary of the experience through this travel agency called ‘World Leisure Holidays. A total of 148 college students had been scheduled to go to the United States in July. The college students have been divided into three companies. Two corporations were taken to Delhi in July’s first week for visa interviews but were rejected. So the 1/3 group wasn’t taken. When we realized that visas had been rejected, we started getting our money back from college. The faculty again gave Rs eighty,000 according to the scholar, in the first installment and said the rest is with the travel agent. Then, after the school submitted a police grievance against this agent, he released another installment of Rs 50,000 in line with the student. So we’ve received Rs 1.30 lakh in line with the scholar. However, Rs 1.50 lakh in line with pupil continues to be caught. We aren’t being instructed when the 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 the travel agent isn’t picking up her calls additionally, so she has submitted police criticism. Is it our fault that the tour agent is not communicating even with the school government? 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 center, Universal Studios, and Disney Land at Los Angeles, California with a stay at three or four superstar resorts in the course of the excursion. First, they promised a moon and stars to the students and took the cash. Tall claims were made in the itinerary which turned into given to us.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, Additional DCP (Economic Offences Wing) Surendra Lamba stated that police had received a written grievance in opposition to the 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 more than half of the amount (Rs 1.50 lakh in keeping with the student) continues to be pending, we will document an FIR against him if he fails to return the cash in the coming days. We have additionally instructed the mother and father to report a written complaint against him. He is in touch with us but has yet to verify when he’ll return the money,” said Lamba.
Meanwhile, college foremost Sister Reshmi, speakme to The Indian Express, claimed: “We had Rs eighty,000 according to a student in coins which we had kept as protection, and it became again at once after visas had been rejected. The agent also stopped picking up my calls, so I filed police criticism against him. Now, the pending quantity is stuck with him. We do now not have a penny taken from Dad and Mom.”