NEW DELHI, Sept 22 - With the UK and Australia�s latest travel advisory rattling State government, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today made a clarion call to tourists, particularly foreigners to visit Assam, assuring proper security measures for them.
�We are trying to turn Assam into one of the world�s exclusive tourist destinations. We will ensure safety and security of each and every tourist visiting Assam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already taken a decision to make Assam an organic State.
Yesterday, State Tourism Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma asked the UK and Australia to immediately rectify their travel advisory to its citizens on Assam. The clubbing together of Assam with some disturbed parts of the country and alluding to the State as a forbidden destination was a �careless oversight� which must be immediately addressed to, Sarma said.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the advisory to its citizens saying, �Although, the overall security situation in the North-East of India is improving, some areas within the North-Eastern States, especially in Manipur and Assam, still experience sudden and random outbreaks of violence. There have been several incidents of violence in Assam, including a shooting in Kokrajhar on August 5 resulting in 14 deaths, and grenade explosions in Lakhimpur, Karbi Anglong and Guwahati. Review your security arrangements carefully, seek advice from the local authorities and avoid large crowds.�