12 Feb 2014

Steps Taken to Ensure Safety of Tourists

‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. As such, prevention of crime, including crime against tourists/foreign tourists is the primary responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territories. 

The Ministry of Tourism has taken following steps in order to ensure safety and security of tourists, including foreign tourists: 

(i) Ministry of Tourism has advised all the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations to deploy Tourist Police or other Police in the States/Union Territories. 

(ii) In addition, the Union Ministry of Tourism along with all stakeholders, including the Tourism Departments of all States and UTs, have adopted the ‘Code of Conduct for Safe & Honourable Tourism’ which is a set of guidelines to encourage tourism activities to be undertaken with respect for basic right like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents in particular, women and children. 

The Stake holders have identified focal points in their respective organizations to implement the ‘Code of Conduct for Safe & Honourable Tourism’. 

(iii) The National Tourism Ministers’ Conference was convened on 18th July, 2013 in New Delhi which unanimously resolved that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work for ensuring the safety and security of all tourists, especially women. 

(iv) An advisory has been posted on the Ministry of Tourism website www.incredibleindia.org indicating that India remains safe destination for international Tourists including women tourists. 

(v) 13 State Governments have introduced the “Tourist Police” in their state in some form or another. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) Shri K. Chiranjeevi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. 

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