Despite showcasing India, do you not think that incidents of rape and molestation like the recent one involving Japanese tourists, not to mention fleecing and overcharging, takes a bit of the shine off Incredible India?
Yes, I am concerned about this. We have been addressing these unhappy incidents. I absolutely will not tolerate these incidents. Even one such incident in my eyes is unbearable. We have been pleading with state governments to put in place a tourist police. Around 12 states have constituted this already.
In your own ministry, are you doing something to institutionalise all this?Yes, we have a cell in the ministry. I have made it clear that if a tourist is fleeced, or given a wrong package, there is no way I will go soft on this. I know law and order is a state subject but there is an issue of vulnerability of tourists and I have insisted that action be taken by the authorities concerned.