NC says Jammu and Kashmir tourism in 'severe distress', asks Mehbooba Mufti to look beyond 'elitism'

Opposition National Conference on Sunday said tourism in Jammu and Kashmir was in 'severe distress' and asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to look beyond 'elitism' to revive the sector.

PTI January 14, 2018 22:20:02 IST
NC says Jammu and Kashmir tourism in 'severe distress', asks Mehbooba Mufti to look beyond 'elitism'

Srinagar: Opposition National Conference on Sunday said tourism in Jammu and Kashmir was in "severe distress" and asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to look beyond "elitism" to revive the sector.

NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the tourism sector in the state remained "vision-less and direction-less" while the chief minister "splurges in private galas and tours".

NC says Jammu and Kashmir tourism in severe distress asks Mehbooba Mufti to look beyond elitism

File image of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

"Recurring splurges by the chief minister and her government, including private-guest galas and private tours in times of a severe, unprecedented tourism distress in the state is unbecoming, utterly insensitive and shameful, especially in light of a complete lack of vision to resuscitate the tourism sector," Mattu said in a statement.

Mattu said the previous National Conference-led governments focused on asset and infrastructure creation in the tourism sector which was missing under the current PDP-BJP regime.

"..and remains invested in being directed and guided by a few rich, influential and powerful businessmen who decide on everything ranging from high-level transfers, to allocations, permissions," the National Conference spokesperson said.

Terming the direct chopper services from Srinagar to Gulmarg and Pahalgam as "elitist", he said it was a proof of the chief minister's "disconnect and lack of insight".

"Overwhelming majority of tourism inflow into Kashmir comes from the middle-class and working-class segments who need to be attracted to the state through comparative-cost-incentives, affordable services, good road connectivity and a wide spectrum of lodging options," he said.

Mattu asked the state government to involve houseboat owners, small-and-medium level hoteliers, shikara-wallahs and pony-wallahs in such tourism promotion initiatives, which would boost their business "rather than making the rich even richer".

Mattu said the state stood at the brink of "economic recession" and is in need of drastic measures.

"The government needs to get its act together before it's too late," he said.

Updated Date:

also read

COVID patients in Srinagar struggle to get ICU beds as toll rises; UT govt warns against spreading 'rumours'
India

COVID patients in Srinagar struggle to get ICU beds as toll rises; UT govt warns against spreading 'rumours'

COVID-19 cases have seen a sharp rise in the last one month in Jammu and Kashmir with the number of active positive cases having crossed 30,000 on Saturday. The Srinagar district remains the worst hit with over 8,872 active cases and 546 deaths

Meagre wages for Kashmiri Pashmina artisans, rise of machines push ancient handicraft to edge of extinction
India

Meagre wages for Kashmiri Pashmina artisans, rise of machines push ancient handicraft to edge of extinction

Before India’s economic liberalisation in 1991, the traditional yinder gave women of Kashmir economic independence. It was in almost every household

J&K HC directs admin to appoint nodal officers to ensure oxygen supply for COVID patients at home
India

J&K HC directs admin to appoint nodal officers to ensure oxygen supply for COVID patients at home

The court asked the health secretary of the Union Territory to come out on affidavit within two weeks giving a detailed report