Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday hit out at a section of media for “portraying” Jammu and Kashmir, especially the Valley, in a negative way, saying it is distancing the state from the country. “Due to the role of a section of the media, we are getting distanced from the country,” she said.
Mehbooba was addressing the delegates of India Travel Mart (ITM) in Jammu this evening. “Media is to be blamed. If four people pick up ISIS flag….News continues to hog for several days. The yatra took place in a best possible way but nothing was projected,” she said.
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Mehbooba termed the visit of the people of the country to Kashmir as an investment in peace. She asked the Tourism Department and tour operators to work together for attracting tourists to the state. “The impression about the state would improve with more tourist arrivals,” the Chief Minister said.
She said projects like border tourism, Ranjit Sagar Dam, Tawi lake and others in the Jammu province would be pursued. She added that the Centre has allocated sufficient funds for development of tourism in the state and hoped that in coming times the infrastructure would be upgraded.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister distributed 4th All India Tour and Travel awards among the winners.