Submitted by Newseditor on Wed, 2015-11-25 21:14 Bengaluru: Karnataka Department of Tourism and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) along with the State Home Department today launched “Tourist Mitra”, a tourist friendly force. The new “Tourist Mitra” force is deputed at various Tourist destinations of the state to provide safety and security to domestic and international tourists with an aim to make our state, tourist friendly. R V Deshpande, minister for large and medium industries and tourism along with N S Megharikh, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City, Kempaiah, Internal Security advisor for CM, Kamal Pant, Additional Director General of Police launched the “Tourist Mitra”. The event witnessed the presence of S A Hussain, Chairman, KSTDC, Asagodu Jayasimha, Chairman, JLR, S Sampath Kumar, Corporator, Vasanthnagar Ward and senior officials of Home Department and Tourism Department. Selected tourist destinations of the 13 districts have been identified, where a total of 175 tourist friendly home guards will be appointed to provide proper safety and security to the visiting tourist. Under the first phase of this project, trained home guards known as “Tourist Mitra” will be designated at the following tourist destinations. The selected Home Guards are trained by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) along with the Home Department. During the training program the candidates were familiarised with the tourist destinations, tourism sector in general and the work nature of the police department. The Tourist Mitra’s expected to work in co-ordination with local Police stations. More Tourist Friendly home guards will be appointed at the tourist destinations across the state, under the “Tourist Mitra” project in the nearby future. The project is being implemented to make state more tourist friendly. Tourist Mitra’s will act as an ambassadors of the state/nation by helping the tourist have a quality experience during their stay. The designated Tourist Mitra’s will be given uniforms. A new ‘Tourist Mitra’ logo has been designed which will be printed on the uniform and they will be wearing Jackets. This helps the tourists to identify the Tourist Mitra personnel easily.