Start flight operations to ASEAN countries from Srinagar: Mehbooba to Centre

Seeks Assistance For Poultry Farmers

GKNN
Jammu, Publish Date: Nov 18 2017 12:27AM | Updated Date: Nov 18 2017 12:27AM
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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today urged centre government to start flight operations to ASEAN countries from Srinagar Airport, as it may help in boosting tourism in Jammu and Kashmir. 

According to an official spokesperson, in a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the chief minister said the operation of flights to and from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Srinagar airport would give the ‘desired push’ to the tourism industry in the State, which it has been craving for. “The operation of flights from and to cities like Kaula-Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore and other cities in the region would have a positive impact on the local tourism industry and bolster the state’s economy,” she had written in letter to the Union Minister, according to the spokesperson.

Several deputations from the tourism sector had met the CM in last few months and requested for connectivity with ASEAN countries to tap the tourism market in the region.

In another communication to Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh, Mehbooba Mufti has sought continuation of central assistance to the local poultry industry, extension of loan recovery period and waiving of interest in respect of unit holders to sustain their business which suffered heavily due to floods of 2014 besides the high cost of feed imported from neighbouring States.

A group of representatives of Poultry Dealers Association had met Mehbooba Mufti recently and requested her to take up their issues with the Central Government.