Assam State Tourism Department in a move to ensure the safety and security of visitors has devised a plan to implement ‘tourist police’ in Assam. 

In a significant move to bolster the safety and security of tourists, the state of Assam has unveiled plans to establish a dedicated force known as 'Tourist Police.' The initiative aims to create a more welcoming and secure environment for visitors, thereby boosting tourism and ensuring a positive experience for those exploring the diverse landscapes and cultural treasures of the region.

Going by the reports, the ‘tourist police’ scheme was introduced nationwide in 2022. This collaborative effort involved the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in charting a framework, including standard operating procedures (SOPs), uniform recommendations for tourist police officers, and training programs for personnel. 

A senior official from the tourism department has stated that the 'tourist police' scheme will now be part of the new Assam Tourism Bill, thereby providing a comprehensive framework for the tourism sector. The said official further added that Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, and Uttar Pradesh, have already introduced tourist police, Assam needs to follow suit and join the majority of states in implementing this significant safety measure.

The Tourist Police in Assam will be specially trained to handle the unique challenges faced by visitors, including providing assistance, information, and immediate response in case of emergencies. This development comes as part of Assam's broader strategy to enhance its tourism infrastructure and attract more travelers to the state's picturesque destinations.

Assam, renowned for its lush tea gardens, diverse wildlife, and vibrant cultural heritage, has long been a favorite among tourists seeking an authentic and enriching experience. However, safety concerns have occasionally surfaced, prompting the state government to take proactive measures.

The Tourist Police will collaborate closely with local law enforcement agencies, hotels, and travel operators to ensure a seamless and coordinated effort in safeguarding visitors. Their responsibilities will range from guiding tourists to popular attractions and assisting with travel-related issues to maintaining a visible presence in key tourist areas to deter potential criminal activities.

Tourism is a vital economic driver for Assam, contributing significantly to the state's revenue and providing employment opportunities. As Assam positions itself as a premier tourist destination, the Tourist Police initiative is poised to play a pivotal role in ensuring a memorable and safe experience for travelers from around the world.

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