Arunachal plans tourism promotion with the help of ‘tourist police’

Arunachal Pradesh is all set to promote the state tourism with the help of tourism police. The state Chief Minister Prema Khandu has recently launched tourist police spreading across seven different districts.

The concept of tourist police is a first in the northeast and 15th overall in the country. “Arunachal Pradesh is popular among tourists for its splendid beauty and serene landscapes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in February this year steered us to work more seriously on making Arunachal one of the best tourist destinations, not only in India but worldwide,” Prema Khandu said after the launch.

“Our Himalayan mountain ranges stretching across the entire state offer one-of-its-kind experiential road trip options. Our government is committed to promoting tourism in the state including adventure tourism as we understand the role that the sector plays in generating employment and attracting investment,” said the minister.

The tourism police has distinctive vehicles, uniform and specialised training in soft skills, languages, rules and regulations. The force is also trained to possess  people friendly attitude, which aims to dispel any inhibitions a tourist may have while approaching them.

Tourist police personnel will be specially trained about crime against women and how to professionally respond to various situations concerning tourists. They will also be educated about the local tourist attractions and modes of transportation, accommodation, hospitals etc.

The minister has also launched the tourist police’s mobile app Arunachal Suraksha at the function.