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India a 'safe' tourist destination; advisories biased, says govt

The remarks came against the backdrop of the US and other western countries repeatedly asking their citizens to exercise caution in their travels India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Alphons Kannanthanam, the new Minister of State (Independent charge) before taking  charge of his office in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

International against are "hugely biased" and "uncalled for" because crime and violent incidents in the country are only "few and far between", says

In an interview with IANS at his office, the asserted was a "perfectly safe" tourist destination for foreigners and the government was making efforts to get negative advisories against the country removed.

"Most of these advisories are hugely biased. I don't want to use the word racially biased. Like the advisory for is still on Level 2. Why? Such advisories are completely uncalled for," he said.

Alphons said the had been taking up the issue with various countries and of Narendra Modi's global diplomacy was the "best message" that painted as a safe place.

"You know incidents are deplorable but they are so few and far between. The issue is that the (foreign) media is hugely biased (against India)."

The remarks came against the backdrop of the US and other western countries repeatedly asking their citizens to exercise caution in their travels India due to reported incidents of crime and violence.

The US in January reviewed its advisories placing India on Level 2 and suggesting increased caution. also issued its updated on March 21 asking citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution in India due to a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country at all times".

The UK in its February 21, 2018, dated advisory suggested a high degree of caution as "terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in India" and asked the British to "be vigilant" in the wake of "an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets, festival venues and beaches".

Alphons sad India has established itself as "a perfect destination, a perfectly safe destination" and despite these advisories the country hosted 10.2 million foreign tourists in 2017, which is an increase of 15.8 per cent from the previous year.

The receipts of these foreign tourists was $27 billion - an increase of 20.2 per cent in terms of revenue.

"So, I say with a firm belief that these advisories are completely uncalled for."

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First Published: Tue, April 03 2018. 19:04 IST
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