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Previous governments ignored tourism industry, says Jaitley

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New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday criticised the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government for ignoring tourism industry and advocated the need to frame policies to help the sector.

“I regret to say that former governments didn’t make policies which could have enhanced tourism in the country. In fact, they formed such policies which made tourism sector weak,” Jaitley said after laying the foundation stone for the new building of tourism ministry.

He said India has the huge potential to attract tourists but at the same time there is a need to frame policies in such a way which will help the industry in the future.

“The country has the longest sea shore, huge forests, religious places and culture which have the capacity to attract tourists,” he added.

Besides, Jaitley said, there was a need to build more infrastructure, especially airports.

“India should increase its airline capacity from 5 to 10 percent to cater to more foreign tourist in the country,” he added.

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Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers

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The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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