Tourism finds place in Make in In­dia

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, while launch­ing the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign, talked about de­vel­op­ing tourism. Ex­cerpts from his speech...

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To­day, is there any syn­chro­ni­sa­tion be­tween the thought of the gov­ern­ment, aca­demic world, in­dus­try and the thoughts of young­sters seek­ing a job? I am sorry to say - No. We may want to de­velop tourism. But we may not have a sys­tem of de­vel­op­ing guides in that vil­lage. Guide would be trained some­where in Tamil Nadu and Taj Ma­hal would be in Agra. I mean to say that th­ese are small things. If we do th­ese fo­cussed ac­tiv­i­ties, then cir­cum­stances may change.

Look East, Link West

For a long time the Look East pol­icy has been un­der dis­cus­sion, ev­ery­one is talk­ing about it. This is a good oc­ca­sion, along with Look East, I would like to talk about Link West.

Look East is on one side and Link West on the other and we are link­ing both from the mid­dle. We can es­tab­lish our eco­nomic struc­ture on a new plat­form from here. What­ever is the best in the world, why should we not have it? This should be the mood of the na­tion.

There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties, the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor is im­por­tant and so is the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. Now In­dia can­not be run on that in­fra­struc­ture if we have to reach our de­sired des­ti­na­tion. Ear­lier, when there was a talk of in­fra­struc­ture, it was over with dis­cus­sion on rail, road, port and air­port. We have to move to­wards the next- gen­er­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture. We need high­ways and sim­i­larly we need ‘I-ways’ too. When I say ‘ I- ways’, I mean in­for­ma­tion ways and that is for dig­i­tal In­dia. If there are elec­tric grids, we need gas grids and wa­ter grids too. We also need op­ti­cal fi­bre net­works. We are dream­ing of an In­dia where pri­vate sec­tor has am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to try their luck.

How do we up­date our­selves from where we are presently on Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship? How to go into un­char­tered ar­eas? We kept our fo­cus con­fined to port de­vel­op­ment. The de­mand of the time is to move to­wards por­tled de­vel­op­ment. With ports there should be cold stor­age net­work, roads, rail, and an air­port with port. Un­less all this de­vel­ops as a clus­ter, we can’t make a place for our­selves in the global mar­ket. Hence we wish to em­pha­sise that. This is

one big area where you can try your luck. The point is that in­fra­struc­ture is not an is­sue of just lux­ury. If we have to de­velop tourism; it is es­ti­mated that tourism is the in­dus­try with the high­est growth. Can In­dia cap­ture it? Tourism needs huge in­fra­struc­ture. There is a big scope for the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. There are so many av­enues, how do we har­ness them?

One of the big­gest ob­sta­cles in our jour­ney is this that if a decision is made by the cen­tre, most of the im­ple­men­ta­tions are taken care of by the states. If there is lack of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two, the in­dus­tri­al­ists are at loss whether to go to Delhi or to the State Gov­ern­ment. He re­mains con­fused. Now, this con­fu­sion will no longer be there. I be­lieve that states’ de­vel­op­ment is for In­dia only. If in­vest­ment comes in the States, it comes in In­dia also. States and Cen­tre should work col­lec­tively, shoul­der to shoul­der as a team. If cen­tre gets a pro­posal then cen­tre should go to the State on its own and ask how we can help to­gether. If a State gets a pro­posal that needs Cen­tre’s help, the State should come to the Cen­tre with­out any hes­i­ta­tion, they should find so­lu­tion to­gether and things move for­ward. This great need has come up, to meet this, Cen­tre and the States will have to come to­gether.

Naren­dra Modi Prime Min­is­ter, In­dia

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