When cops swap roles

When cops swap roles

Going by the same, the Madhya Pradesh police department is training its personnel at Khajuraho in foreign languages to guide the tourists.

You may well hear 'Buenos Dias' (good morning in Spanish) from a police constable, as you pass by some of the famous temples in the World heritage site. According to sources, the cops have responded and one can hear them saying 'ohayoou gozaimasu' (Good Morning in Japanese).

Is there a lesson to be learnt for a State like Karnataka? Yes, and in fact, the state tourism department has taken a step in this direction. The department, which had recently announced that it will hire a special security agency - Green Police - to cater to the protection of tourists across 30 sites, may also train them in foreign languages and also make them the stand-in guides in some sense.

Sources in the Tourism Department told Deccan Herald that the project was discussed in a recent meeting and the State has agreed to it in principle. "We will identify personnel who have completed graduation and train them in languages like German, French and English," the sources said, adding that the department was yet to identify experts who could train these people.

When contacted, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Vinay Luthra said that the department would use the expertise of the Institute of Hotel Management and was also in talks with another academy to train the people.

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