Govt should take steps to develop tourism: Consultative C'tee

The Parliamentary Consultative Committee's first meeting suggested that the government should take steps to promote tourism, which is the core sector in the union territory.

The meeting felt tourism has immense potential to generate review to the state exchequer. The administration also said it is keen to promote tourism to lure more tourists from outside Puducherry and from across the world by showcasing the cultural features of union territory.

It reviewed progress of implementing Centrally sponsored and state government schemes for promotion of welfare of Scheduled Castes and welfare of women and children and tourism development programmes, besides labour-related schemes.

A release from Welfare and Tourism Minister P Rajavelu's office today said the 12-member committee headed by him discussed the schemes at the meeting yesterday. Legislators of ruling AINRC and Opposition Congress and DMK participated in the meet, it said.

It also reviewed schemes for promotion of welfare of SCs and their educational status. More house site pattas would be distributed and steps taken to ensure Puducherry emerges a 'hut free Union Territory' is achieved at the earliest.

The government provides Rs 4 lakh as housing subsidy to convert huts into concrete structures under Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Housing scheme in the Union Territory.

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