Strong Uttarakhand/25 Chintan Shivir – Presentation on tourism, civil aviation and public finance policy topics

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Dehradun. In the second session of the ongoing Strong Uttarakhand/25 Chintan Shivir at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, a presentation was made on the topics of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Public Finance Policy and Management. Tourism Secretary Sachin Kurbe told through a presentation that tourism in the state is growing at the rate of 12 percent annually. Although most of the tourists are coming here for religious tourism, while Himachal is ahead of us in the field of foreign tourists and adventure tourism. It needs improvement.
The work of construction of toilets on the yatra routes is being expedited. 52 new toilets have been sanctioned. He told that there are many possibilities in the field of bird watching in the state. Asan Barrage is an emerging destination in this context. A master plan is being prepared for Auli. Land acquisition work is being started for the construction of international level convention center at IDPL Rishikesh. New spots are being developed to develop winter tourism in Chardham so that employment opportunities are created for the local people. Special focus is being given to increase tourism in Champawat, Bageshwar and Almora. In terms of ropeway, it has started in Surkanda, due to which the devotees here have increased by 32 percent. Dehradun Mussoorie-Ropeway is progressing on Yamunotri Ropeway. The foundation stone for the ropeway has been laid at Kedarnath and Hemkund.
He told that the homestay policy is working as a game changer in the homestay sector in the state. It has yielded pleasant results. An assignment based agency is being engaged for branding of tourism areas. Angling has emerged as a new sector in the state. There is a lot of potential in Champawat in this area. Additional Secretary Civil Aviation C Ravi Shankar said that the field of civil aviation is progressing rapidly. He said that Uttarakhand is one of the few states where people are using Heli extensively. Chardham Yatra is an important reason behind this. He said that we need to improve in the field of travel experience.
Speaking during the session on Public Finance Policy and Management, Finance Secretary Dilip Jawalkar said that we have to increase our financial resources. At present, 50 per cent of receipts come from VAT and hedges while 10 per cent comes from stamps. The remaining 40 percent is received from the departments. Other departments need to do concrete work towards their income generation. He described the mining, excise and forest departments as important in this context. During the session, group discussion and write up activity was organized by dividing all the officers into four teams.



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