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Jan 16, 2012 at 11:55am IST

Andaman Chief Secy sets new laws for tourists

New Delhi: The Chief Secretary of Andaman has said that the licences of tour operators will be cancelled if they come close to the tribal areas.

Special laws have been enforced in the Jarawa areas on Andaman Islands as the tour operators have been warned to stay away from the endangered tribe. Strict action will be taken at the violation of the law.

The Chief Secretary of Andaman Shakti Sinha said, "Tour operators in Andaman have been told to stay away from the Jarawa tribes area. Strict action would be taken against Tour Operator in case found to violate the laws. Licenses of tour operators would be cancelled if found taking tourists near the Jarawa tribes."

This came as a result of the special probe ordered by the the Tribal Affairs Minister, V Kishore Chandra S Deo after a video surfaced showing tribals from the protected Jarawa tribe being forced to dance for foreign tourists in exchange for food.