Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Restricted Area Permit
Mains level: Boosting tourism in India
Foreigners can visit inhabited islands without Restricted Areas Permit
- The Union Home Ministry decided to lift restrictions as the government intends to boost tourism.
- Foreigners no longer need a Restricted Areas Permit to visit 29 inhabited islands in the Andaman and Nicobar chain.
- 11 other uninhabited islands will also be thrown open to foreigners.
Restricted Areas Permit and other provisions
- The 29 inhabited islands have been excluded from the restricted area permit (RAP) notified under the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963, till December 31, 2022, subject to certain conditions.
- However, citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries would continue to require RAP to visit the Union Territory.
- For visiting Mayabunder and Diglipur, citizens of Myanmar will continue to require RAP, which shall be issued only with the prior approval of the ministry.
- Separate approvals of the competent authority would be required for visiting reserved forests, wildlife sanctuaries and tribal reserves.