Meghalaya, also called the Scotland of the East, is one of the most beautiful states in Northeast India. The place is known for its picturesque locations and pristine natural beauty. Hence to make this beautiful state tourist-friendly, Tourist Police was recently launched in Meghalaya.
As a part of a pilot project, Tourist Police in Meghalaya will emulate the concept of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ ensuring the safety of tourists visiting the state. Recently, the SDPO and Tourist Police personnel in Sohra assisted the tourists visiting Sohra from Thailand.
Earlier, similar police units were introduced in Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh with an aim to make travelling hassle-free for tourists.
It may be mentioned, the Meghalaya cabinet on November 1st, 2019 approved the amendment to Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 that seeks mandatory registration of outsiders for entering the State. The Cabinet stated that the decision was taken in a bid to protect the interest of tribal citizens.
However, the modalities of the implementation of the Ordinance have not been finalized. As of now, the registration process has not begun. Any person who is not a resident of Meghalaya and intends to stay in the state more than 24 hours will have to register and furnish documents to the Government.
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