Delhi, 4 October, 2017
Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (Independent
charge) for Tourism has said that the Ministry of Tourism observed ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ organizing various
cleanliness activities/programmes at the premises of its
offices/ educational institutions/ prominent tourist places etc. All
educational institutes under Ministry of Tourism adopt at least one tourist
place to maintain cleanliness in a sustainable way.
Shri Alphons Kannanthanam said, “The Prime Minister called upon the
nation to begin a campaign, ‘Swachhta Hi
Sewa’, ‘Cleanliness is Service’, from 15th
September 2017 to 2nd
October 2017 which coincided with the “Swachhta
Pakhwada” of M/o Tourism. Ministry had organised Swachhta Drive at various
tourist/pilgrim places all over the country through the India tourism offices.
The campaign had been organised at more than 80 places all over the country during the period which was kick
started at Juhu Beach on 15th September, 2017.
Besides, major clean-up activities, pledge swearing, awareness activities,
essay competition, nuked natak etc were organised during the campaign.”
Alphons Kannanthanam volunteered various cleanliness activities at India Gate on 17th September, 2017,at Janpath Market on the World Tourism Day (27th September,
2017) and at Smith village, Shillong
on World Tourism Day (27 September
2017), Meghalaya on. Officers of
Ministry of Tourism and Students from Institutes of Hotel Management (IHM) were
also present. The cleanliness activities carried out by the Minister at various
spots drew the attention of visitors as well as shopkeepers/ vendors and
conveyed the importance of maintaining the places clean to the public. Minister
interacted with the visitors as well as shopkeepers and urged everyone to
contribute to make the country clean and beautiful. He also administered the
Swachhta Pledge to all participants at these places.
Ministry of Culture and
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), envisages developing heritage sites and making
them tourist friendly to enhance their tourism potential and cultural
importance, in a planned and phased manner.
Accordingly, World Tourism Day
celebrated on 27th September,
2017 launched “Adopt a Heritage”
with the aim to encourage industry and other stakeholders to take up
responsibility for making our heritage and tourism more sustainable through
conservation and development of our cultural and natural heritage sites. The project focuses on providing basic
amenities that include cleanliness, public conveniences, drinking water, and
ease of access for tourists, signage etc. and advanced amenities like
cafeteria, surveillance system, tourist facilitation centre, illumination etc.,
in and around the heritage sites and monuments.