Narendra Nagar: Shortage of resources has played a major stumbling block in the efforts of north central Indian states in promoting tourism.

Although UP, Haryana, Chandigarh and Jharkhand have scope for development, in wake of shortage of resources they have failed to emerge as leading tourist locations. Whereas, states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand despite limited resources remain major tourist attractions. 

This issue emerged on the surface during a conference of tourism ministers of North Central India. Tourism ministers of the region demanded more assistance from the Union Government to provide boost to infrastructure facilities which would help in promoting tourism industry.

UP State Tourism Minister (Independent Charge), Vinod Singh said the Union Government should take initiative to bring about the necessary changes in the Police Regulation Act and Code of Conduct to promote tourism. 

Expressing his views, Jharkhand Tourism Minister Vimla Pradhan said Jharkhand will focus on 24 tribal areas with a view to develop tourism industry.

Haryana Tourism Minister OP Jain said it is high time to promote tourism in the state and called for the required changes in this regard.

While Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Madan Kaushik said, alike the north eastern states, special efforts have to be made for the development. He said, “To counter the adverse conditions and poor resources, Union government will have to allocate funds for tourism.” 

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Secretary Manisha said the state has succeeded in the branding of its product. She maintained the tourism industry will excel even further after the approval of few new projects by the Centre.

Tourism Secretary of Chandigarh, Ram Niwas stressed on following Goa and Kerala to promote the branding of tourist destinations.