Co-Chairman, PHD Chamber J&K, Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya today urged the state government to grant industry status to tourism sector in the state.
While calling for release of new tourism policy, he said the government should give industry status to tourism sector "as has been recently done in Gujarat."
He said in Gujarat, all benefits available to the industrial sector "will now be given to tourism also."
He said the grant of industry status shall give impetus to the tourism sector in J&K.
He suggested that government should adopt Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for infrastructure development, keep provision of external infrastructure, announce tax exemptions for at least five years, set up single window clearance and promote priority lending on concessional interest rates."
He also stressed the need for development of wayside amenities along with public conveyance, PPP in tourism projects, and Home Stay Policy in the state.
The Co-Chairman also urged the government to promote PPP projects in innovative modes like 'Swiss Challenge' method to bring global technologies and expertise to J&K.
Chaya said a 'state-level tourism development bank' should be established exclusively for tourism and hospitality projects.
Social Welfare Board mulling to establish Toys bank
Srinagar, Oct 5: Chairperson J&K State Social Welfare Board Dr Nirmal Gupta today said that working women need support in terms of substitute day care for their young children while they are at work. Gupta was reviewing the progress of the Board. Gupta said with increasing employment opportunities for women, breaking up of joint family system and growing need to supplement household income, more and more women are working.
"These women need support in terms of substitute day care for their young children while they are at work."
"J&K State Social Welfare Board is providing Crèche and Day Care Services to women belonging to very poor families, "The Board has established 694 Crèche Centres in 22 Districts of the State, where almost 17,500 children in the age group of 0-6 years are provided supplementary nutrition, as well as pre-primary education through play-way method. The expenditure on the scheme is met by the Government of India, through Central Social Welfare Board. "Since there is no provision under the scheme for purchase of toys, a suggestion has been made that a Toys Bank could be established, which will be utilized in Creche Centres for under privileged Children. In case any organization or person is willing to donate toys for these lesser privileged children, they can approach the State Social Welfare Board offices, located at Old Secretariat Srinagar and Pragati Bhawan Rail Head Complex, Jammu."