India To Have 'Tourist Police' in All States

India To Have ‘Tourist Police’ in All States

Tourism in India is developing and the industry has highly evolved over the recent past to make India accessible and appealing for the tourists. One such effort is to increase the safety measures and security for the travellers, women especially, in India.

The Ministry of Tourism of India had advised the State Governments/UT Administrations to deploy Tourist Police at prominent tourist spots.  Ministry of Tourism is also running a Social Awareness Campaign on television to sensitize the masses and the stakeholders on the traditional Indian values and concept ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’. The campaign consists of two commercials; one on sensitizing against misbehavior with tourists and the other against cleanliness of tourist sites and streets.

India is going to have separate Tourism Police in all the states. Indian Tourism Minister said that India will have a full fledged tourist police force to look after the security of tourists in India. Operated by former army personnel the new force will be labeled as Tourist Security Organization. According to the minister, guidelines in this regard have been sent to the state governments and union territories. The Ministry has advised all the hotels, run by both Government and private owners, to strengthen up the security.

One of the fastest growing industries in India is the Tourism Industry. Hence, there is a need of separate personnel to look after the needs of the tourists, manage the tourist enquires and complaints and ensure that the language barrier doesn’t hamper the enjoyment or security. Chandigarh is one of the first places to see the launch of this initiative. “The tourism police will help the tourists in case of any emergency and will provide safety and security against unscrupulous people,” stated Vivek Atray, Director of Tourism, Chandigarh

India is a country of peace-loving and law-abiding citizens. It is a safe destination for domestic and international tourists. However, like any other civil society, there are aberrations, and a few persons break the law now and then. Most of the 6.58 million foreign visitors, who came to India in 2012, with about 40% of them being lady tourists, did not report any major problems in India during their visits and the country continues to receive repeat visitors. It is reiterated that India remains a safe destination for international visitors including women tourists. However, international visitors need to exercise caution, just as local residents do, while travelling through or staying at isolated places, to guard against becoming victims of undesirable elements.

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