Kargil: Union Minister of State (IC) Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated National Tourism Day at Ice Hockey Rink Biamathang in Kargil on Monday. The Union Minister announced the setting up of a branch of Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) there in order to encourage and groom the local talent and realize the dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
Patel said that the narrative to the outside world should go that Kargil is not a war zone rather a peaceful one. The Central Government is determined to provide every necessary infrastructure in Kargil, so that an international level skiing and mountaineering facility is established. A thoughtfully planned world class adventure sports destination in Kargil will be established by nurturing local talent through the best of education in the field of mountaineering, skiing, ice hockey and other winter sports, he further added.
The district of Kargil will get to benefit from the good opportunities of winter tourism and it also has the potential to be represented internationally. Patel said the Government is committed to protect the interests of the region and there is a need to train the local players through these skiing courses. He also appealed to the students to enroll in the courses of IITTM for professional courses in hospitality.
The minister reiterated that the Government of India is fully committed to create international level tourism infrastructure in the district so that a feasible environment is created for tourism and employment opportunities.
Member Parliament Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Central Government is determined to bring development in all sectors of the newly formed Union Territory. He said that there is a lot of potential in Kargil for a variety of tourism and adventure tourism activities.
The MP added that holding of winter festival at Zanskar and celebration of National Tourism Day besides the start of various winter sports workshops and tournaments in Kargil and the visit of two Union Ministers despite the harsh winter season reflects the Central Government’s commitment for the promotion of Tourism in Kargil. Mr. Jamyang asserted that tourism in Ladakh should be rural centric and more guest houses should be made and the government has provided necessary provisions for it also.
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