15 Tourism projects in Southern States sanctioned

Oct 28: Union Minister of Tourism, Culture &DoNER Shri G. Kishan Reddy addressed the inauguration session of two days’ conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers of the Southern Region today in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Minster of State, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and andMoS in Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Shri Dr. L. Murugan; Minister of State, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Shri BhagwanthKhuba and Minister of State for Tourism, GoI Shri Ajay Bhatt also graced this event. Secretary Culture, GOI Shri. Govind Mohan, Senior Officials from various Central Ministries, State Governments, Union Territory Administrations (UTs), Media and industry stakeholders were  also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri G Kishan Reddy said that under the Prime Minister’s guidance and leadership it took us only 281 days to administer100 crore COVID vaccine doses. There can be no bigger confidence booster for the revival of tourism than vaccination. “Tourism & Culture Ministers Conference of the South Indian Region to discuss and deliberate on the tourism development strategy for the region is in line with the Prime Minister’s idea of Cooperative Federalism – where the Government of India and the state governments come together to find solutions for a better India”, Shri Reddy added.

Shri Reddy further said that he truly believes that the Southern Region is unique in its offerings and Ministry has laid special emphasis on developing infrastructure, on-ground capacity, and skills. Shri Reddy informed that under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, which focuses on integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits, the Ministry has sanctioned 15 projects in Southern States worth Rs. 1088 crores. “Under the PRASHAD scheme (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive), the Ministry has sanctioned 6 projects in the region that amounts to 15% of the entire scheme budget”, he added.

Shri Reddy said that recently, the Ministry of External Affairs on the request of the Ministry of Tourism has appointed dedicated 20 Tourism Officers in Indian Missions abroad. This will enable us to widely promote Indian tourism in countries such as Australia, Canada, USA, France, Germany, and Gulf Countries. “India’s civilisation heritage goes back to many thousands of years and this Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is also an opportunity to pay a tribute to all those people that fought for the preservation of our heritage”, he added.

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