Worried over a drop in the number of foreigners interested in tribal tourism, the Odisha government has formed a cell in the tourism department to increase footfall.
The new cell, formed more than 18 months after the controversy over ‘human safari’, is expected to facilitate the visit of foreigners to settlements of primarily vulnerable tribal groups.
Permission, however, will be subject to a set of riders. Some of these conditions were imposed in February last year after incidents of dubious tour operators organising secret visits of foreigners to areas inhabited by primitive tribes came to light.
Since then, foreigners interested in such trips had to seek permission from the district magistrate concerned. However, foreign tourists faced problems when district magistrates were not present in their respective headquarters. To overcome this problem, the new cell will grant required permissions within 48 hours.
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