Tourism panel holds first meet

Tourism panel holds first meet

Committee is headed by Principal Secy to PM Pulok Chatterjee

Facilities for tourist visa on arrival at Goa,Bangalore,Kochi and Hyderabad over the next year,upgraded road connectivity to all major tourist circuits,including Gangtok and Leh,eco tourism and reaching out to schools to promote tourism related vocational schools were amongst the decisions taken by an inter-ministerial coordination committee after its first meeting on Thursday.

Headed by Principal Secretary to the PM Pulok Chatterjee,the committee has on board the ministries of Home Affairs; Culture; Rural Development; HRD; Road Transport & Highways; Defence; Railways amongst others. Set up last year,the committee will work towards removal of all perceived roadblocks faced by the tourism industry and help resolve issues that may fall under the purview of ministries other than that of tourism.

Chatterjee said tourism should be seen as development,should be pro-poor and focus on employment creation. He emphasised the need to give tourism a major fillip during the 12th Plan so as to more than double the number of foreign tourists arriving in India and further encourage domestic tourism,a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

It was also decided that a sub-committee consisting of Member Secretary,Planning Commission,Culture Secretary,Secretary (Environment and Forests),Secretary (Rural Development) and Secretary(Tourism) will identify the potential of tourism in rural,eco and cultural sectors in the country and submit its report within four weeks.