Published on : Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture & Tourism Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today has said that with the focus to develop India into a Safe and Secure Destination which includes religious tourist places, the Ministry of Tourism has taken following steps:
(i) The Indian Ministry of Tourism organized a national conference of all State and Union Territory Tourism Ministers on 18.07.2013 in New Delhi and the main subject discussed was Sustainable Tourism and Carrying Capacity of Destinations.
The meeting passed a unanimous resolution that Department of Tourism of all States and Union Territories will work for ensuring safety and security of tourists.
(ii) Indian Ministry of Tourism formulated Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Indicators which are applicable to Accommodation Sector and Tour Operators.
This is available on the Ministry of Tourism’s website www.tourism.gov.in.
(iii) Prevention of crime, including crime against tourists/foreign tourists is primarily the responsibility of State Governments/Union Territory Administrations as ‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India.
Hence, Ministry of Tourism has advised all the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations to deploy adequate Tourist Police.
The State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have deployed Tourist Police, in one form or the other.
(iv) In addition, the Union Ministry of Tourism along with stakeholders has 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 rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents in particular, women and children.