J&K needs a tourism policy: Priya Sethi

Former Minister Priya Sethi during her meeting with Union Minister Smriti Irani during a function at New Delhi on Friday.

NEW DELHI: Former Minister Spokesperson BJP J&K Priya Sethi said that Jammu and Kashmir needs a tourism policy which is now possible as Modi Govt has abolished Article 370 in J&K.
She added that now the newly created Union Territories are free from dynastic politics, so the territories Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh can flourish now as best Union territories of India.
Priya Sethi was the lone former minister from J&K who spoke during a programme ‘Kashmironomics’ organised at New Delhi. This was a first in a series of events to help kick-start economic development for Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Priya Sethi said that tourism should be one of the principle engine of Economic development in the UT by positioning it as a leading global destination, contribute to economic and social well-being of the people of Jammu & Kashmir by providing employment opportunities, inclusive development and promotional policies with an aim to achieve internationally competitive tourism sector focused on sustainable growth.
Development of new destinations on wellness, tribal tourism, theme park tourism, Golf tourism unexplored areas, sports etc should be undertaken in the newly created Union Territories, she said, adding, “We should make a policy which encourages the film industry to come in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh along with Mine tourism which is important sector in Jammu region of Kishtwar area.”
She urged for the PP mode concept so that people will investment in the UTs which will increase the economy of both the territories.
She said that the Union Territories, J&K and Ladakh can emerge as a role model in terms of development
The event was graced by Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Piyush Goyal.
Key government functionaries, businessmen and economists were part of multiple panel sessions to draw economic roadmap for the region
The event witnessed a congregation of business leaders from the region, economists, opinion makers and government functionaries to discuss pertinent policy and economic issues to kick-start the region’s financial growth.
The event saw multiple panel sessions with discussions on exploring ways to evolve an ecosystem that help businesses thrive in the region, key steps needed to ensure a secure environment for the industry, making social and infrastructure growth an inherent part of economic development, and finding ways to promote entrepreneurship in the region.
While appreciating the efforts of Siddharth Zarabi, co-founder of ‘Kashmironomics’ who organised the conclave, Priya Sethi said that such programmes should be now regularly organised be at Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh too.