New Delhi: The rich heritage and culture of India has always been an attraction for tourists which in turn also gives impetus to the tourism sector of the nation. However, it seems that the Centre is working altogether on a different tangent.

In a bid to give boost to schemes related with tourism sector, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has constituted a committee comprising 14 ministries sans Ministry of Culture.

The committee is yet to be made public but it is likely to be headed by the Principal Secretary of  the PM Pulok Chatterjee . Apart this , the committee will comprise secretaries from Railway, Road and Transport, Urban Development, Rural Development, Aviation, Revenue, Environment and Forests and Education ministries respectively.

However, the Ministry of Culture has been ignored in the whole process undermining culture that is deeply embedded in Indian tourism.

According to the governmental records, the historical aspects of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan have been a great factor in pulling large number of tourists. 

The historical marvel Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Humayun’s Tomb, Amer Fort, Sun Temple in Konark or any south Indian heritage are the most desired tourism destinations in India.

While the religious places attract a huge number of native tourists, the national pride Taj Mahal is a dream for the foreigners.

Notably, all the above tourist hotspots come under the Archaeological Department related to the Cultural Ministry. It is obvious that infrastructural issues related to tourism cannot be dealt without consulting the Culture Ministry, especially the Archaeological Department but both have been ignored in the newly-constituted committee on tourism development.

However, the committee chief has the right to invite an external representative in its meeting but it is obvious that the invitee will not be a permanent member in the panel.

JPN/Bureau