New Delhi, August 3
An estimated 1.06 crore tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir from January to July 3 this year, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in the Rajya Sabha (RS) on Wednesday. Responding to questions in the House, the minister also said nearly 30,000 people had been recruited in the public sector in J&K since 2019.
Rai did not specify whether the number of tourists include pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi temple and Amarnath cave shrine. He said 75 offbeat destinations had been identified for tourism across J&K.
75 spots identified
75 offbeat destinations have been identified across the Union Territory to give tourism a fillip. —Nityanand Rai, Union Minister of state for home
In order to attract private investors from across the country to invest in tourism infrastructure, the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Policy, 2020, has been notified and tourism given the status of industry to encourage investment, he said.
Replying to another question, he said special recruitment rules were made and several rules amended to accelerate the recruitment process in a transparent and time-bound manner. “Recruitment has been carried out from 2019 onwards totalling 29,806,” he said.
On August 5, 2019, the Central Government abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
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