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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Foreign tourists will be provided adequate security: Phillaur

Gurpreet Singh Mehak, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, November 16, 2013
First Published: 20:21 IST(16/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:22 IST(16/11/2013)

Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur on Friday said the Punjab government would provide adequate security to foreign tourists so that they would know the rich culture of Punjab without any fear.

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Presiding over the annual function of Uma Rana Public School, Sanghol, on Friday, Phillaur said the government had taken concrete steps to nourish tourism in the state, so special police forces would be provided to the foreign tourists.

Efforts were also on to promote tourism with the help of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), said Phillaur, adding that the new tourism policy was aimed at attracting tourists not only from India, but from abroad also.

He further said the government's policies and actions were stimulant to attract more tourists to the state by extending incentives under the new Industrial Policy to the tourist sector.

The tourism industry had emerged as the second largest employment generator at the national-level in the state, he said, adding that to further enhance the tourism potential of the state, different stakeholders-sectors like hospitality, transport, aspiring artists, handloom and handicrafts etc were given the boost by the government.

Hotel projects, the main source of accommodation for the tourists in the state, had been declared “industry” under the Industrial Policy, he added.

Phillar, who also holds jails portfolio, said the government was bound to make not only jails drug free, but entire state. He said the government had taken stern steps to check supply of drugs in jails and had elaborated security arrangements were made - CCTV cameras and jammers were being installed in jails.
Moreover, to facilitate inmates, stores will be open in the jails.

To pay befitting tribute to Baba Moti Ram Mehra a state of art Baba Moti Ram Memorial would be to set up at Fathegarh Sahib.

The minister announced Rs. 2 lakh grant for the school while honouring the outstanding students of the school.

Lord Diljit Rana, KK Kapila, Urmil Verma, RK Sharma, Kuljit Rai were also present on the occasion.

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