YB WEB DESK. Dated: 7/19/2022 11:37:12 AM

Those were the days when people from across the world would enjoy the beauty of Kashmir months together. But with invasion of armed fundamentalist insurgency things changed a lot and peace lover people of Kashmir had to leave valley forcefully. Now, with efforts of present dispensation situation on ground has changed a lot and people have once again started visiting Jammu and Kashmir. But due to communal interference by local politicians somewhere something is missing and Kashmiris are continuously suffering. However, Union Minister for Tourism, G K Reddy said that 1.05 crore tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir in the first six months of the year 2022. Replying to a query by Mala Roy in Lok Sabha, the Union Minister, as per a document said that tourism sector in J&K is one of the core sectors of economy. “As a result of the initiatives taken by the J&K Government in private as well as Government sectors there has been a significant hike in the tourist footfall despite of the Covid challenges,” he said. In the year 2020, he said, the tourist footfall was 41267, which has increased to 1.05 crores during the first six months (January-June) of the calendar year 2022. He said that J&K has seen tourist flow in all the seasons during the period and those too high-end tourists, who have a good experience of quality services. He added that this high influx of tourists has directly and indirectly benefited the local populace including the people living in far flung areas of the UT. Meanwhile, people are recognizing the developments and want to prosper with lasting peace to which they have made mind to avoid terrorism and fundamentalism. VIJAY


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