New Delhi, 26 January 2021: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla inaugurated ‘Bharat Parv-2021’ organised by the Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi today.
Addressing the august gathering, Lok Sabha Shri Om Birla greeted everyone on the occasion of our Republic Day. Praising India’s democracy, Shri Birla observed that in the journey of past seven decades, democracy in our country has matured, strengthened and become even stronger, due to the guiding spirit provided by the Constitution.
Regarding the tourism sector, Shri Birla remarked that there is no state or district in our country that has no distinct specialty of its own and because of this uniqueness, India has become a center of attraction for international tourists too. We are working to connect the whole country through tourism and culture.
Shri Birla further said that through the 'Bharat Parv' programme, the Ministry has taken the commendable task of bringing together India's tourism, spiritual and other activities on a single platform.
Observing that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed the greatest challenge for the tourism sector, Shri Birla noted that despite the odds, the tourism sector has worked to turn this challenge into an opportunity. Emphasizing the potential of tourism sector in India, Shri Birla said that the tourism sector is the only area that provides the largest number of employment to people. He stressed that if we wish to change the socio-economic conditions in our country, then it is vital that efforts be made for the growth of tourism sector. Appreciating the role of states, Shri Birla further said that every state has strived towards developing its religious, yoga and spirituality- related destinations in the tourism sector.