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New Delhi: Coming down heavily on the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government for ignoring the tourism industry, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stressed on the need to formulate policies for rejuvenating the sector.

“I regret to say that earlier governments didn’t make policies which could have increased tourism in the country. In fact, they framed such policies that made the tourism sector weak,” Jaitley said after laying the foundation stone of a new building of the tourism ministry.

Despite India having the potential to lure tourists, policies are needed to improve the industry in the future, said Jaitley.

Mentioning that India boasts of the longest sea shore, huge forests, religious places and culture, to attract tourists, he emphasized on the need to build more infrastructure, especially airports. “India should increase its airline capacity from 5 to 10 per cent to cater to more foreign tourist in the country,” he added.

Highlighting the role of states, Jaitley said for creating strong tourism infrastructure, it was important to take the help of states.

“The new Paryatan Bhawan will now provide a base for working on all aspects of tourism and increasing the potential of tourism in India,” he said.

Union Minister of State for Tourism Mahesh Sharma said, “the government fully understands the importance of tourism. It is possible for people to discover the cultures of different countries and cultivate respect for them via the medium of tourism,”

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“Tourism is the engine of economic growth and we need to increase India’s share in world tourism from 0.68 to 1 percent by 2020 to realize the full potential of this sector. Tourism helps in women empowerment and youth employment,” he added.

Sharma also said that naming the new office complex of the tourism ministry after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay was a real tribute to the visionary leader who talked about integral humanism.

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Paryatan Bhawan is a tourism ministry project housing a multi-level car parking-cum-office complex.

“The new building will have three storeys apart from the ground floor and two basements meant for stacked car parking. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 150 crore,” an official release said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Unity in Diversity is the Strength of the Country: Rahul Gandhi

Country can't benefit if brothers fight, says Rahul Gandhi

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country. Wikimedia Commons

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the policies of the central government and said that unity in diversity is our strength, and the strength of the country will increase by uniting all.

He said “making brothers fight against each other cannot benefit the country.”

Rahul Gandhi was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the three-day National Tribal Dance Festival here in the Chhattisgarh on Friday.

He said: “Without taking everyone together, every religion, every caste, tribal, Dalit, or backward, the country’s economy cannot run. Until all the people of this country are united, until everyone’s voice is heard in the Assembly and in the Lok Sabha, nothing can be done about unemployment or about the economy.”

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Rahul Gandhi raised questions about the current economic situation. Wikimedia Commons

Rahul raised questions about the current economic situation and the relief given to a select few: “The economy is run by the peasants, labourers, the poor and the tribals. If all the money is given to 10-15 people, demonetisation is done, wrong GST is implemented, then employment cannot be created in India, economy cannot run.”

Appreciating the initiatives taken by the Chhattisgarh government, Rahul Gandhi said: “Here farmers, youth, tribals, women are being heard and are taking the state forward.”

“Together, everyone is taking this state forward. It makes a difference, violence has reduced here, the economy here is overtaking other states. This difference is visible, because nothing can be made by disintegrating, the country cannot benefit by making brothers fight each other.”

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Describing the National Tribal Festival as a symbol of unity in diversity, Rahul Gandhi said: “Tribals have come here from different parts of the country. They will display their culture and art here, unity will be seen in diversity.”

A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival began on Friday at the Science College ground in the capital, in which tribals from 25 states will participate. Artists from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Belarus and Maldives are also attending this festival. (IANS)