Fes­tiv­i­ties ga­lore

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The Min­istry of Tourism is cel­e­brat­ing a 20day Pary­atan Parv with an ar­ray of events planned at mon­u­ments across the coun­try. Of­fi­cials from MOT are mak­ing ef­forts to in­volve the com­mon peo­ple as well as the trade to be a part of the cel­e­bra­tions. It is cer­tainly an in­no­va­tive way to pro­mote and em­pha­sise on the tourism prod­ucts in the coun­try. By of­fer­ing the mon­u­ments for adop­tion to cor­po­rates, MOT has taken a new step for­ward to­wards main­te­nance of our her­itage and cul­ture. With pro­grammes like Swach­hta Pakhwada, the Min­istry is try­ing to spruce up In­dia's im­age. De­spite th­ese ef­forts, it was dis­heart­en­ing to know that the Army was re­port­edly asked to clear the garbage on moun­tains lead­ing to the Ever­est and other pil­grim­age sites in the Hi­malayas. While the de­bate is on whether it is the army's job to clean the garbage left be­hind by pil­grims or not, there is a need to sen­si­tise the cit­i­zenry of be­ing re­spon­si­ble and civilised first, be it in In­dia or abroad.

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