Published on : Saturday, November 4, 2017
Due to the recent attack on a Swiss couple, the local police has sent a proposal to the state government for allocating funds to create infrastructure and increase manpower, who will be taught hospitality and communication skills to serve the tourists.
Agra police have proposed to set up two tourism police stations at Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri with 69 men each, along with four police outposts with 16 men each to cover around 230 monuments of Agra. At least one cop is required to learn one foreign language.
Senior superintendent of police Agra, Amit Pathak said, “The idea behind learning foreign language is to serve the tourist more efficiently. In collaboration with Agra University’s department of linguist, cops will be trained in European and Asian languages. It will be a basic course and those cops who will volunteer will be posted to tourism police for minimum three years unlike the regular police.”
According to the proposal, the cops will be given 50% hike in allowance to motivate them for joining the tourism police and learn language. Their uniform will be different and will have separate squad like ATS and STF.
Ravi Bhushan Pandey, station house officer of Tourism police station said, “At present, only handful of men can speak in English with foreign tourist in case of emergency, while rest other know only Hindi. But there are times when even tourist doesn’t know English and speaks in other European or Asian languages then we bring in local translators. We even have to take help of CISF men when the tourists are from South India, as they have South Indian men in their force.”