Thursday, 23 July 2015

Cleanliness at Tourist Destinations

The maintenance of cleanliness at tourist spots is primarily the responsibility of the State Government/UT Administration/concerned agency responsible for maintenance of tourist spots.  However, Ministry of Tourism has taken following initiatives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan:

i.          Swachh Bharat - Swachh Smarak:

Taking a cue from Swachh Bharat, this is an initiative to see a cleaner India for protecting and preserving the sanctity of monuments of national heritage. To aid this, Ministry of Tourism launched a special e-poster with Prime Minister’s message requesting the tourists and the people of the nation to wholeheartedly engage themselves in the cleanliness of their surroundings and help create a Swachh Bharat, Swachh Smarak.

ii.         Swachh Bharat - Swachh Pakwan (Hunar Zaika):

The street food vendors constitute a significant percentage of the hospitality service providers and have a pan India presence. This program is aimed at upgrading the skills and hygiene standards of Street Food Vendors, so that they become a distinctive aspect of the Indian tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has partnered with the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) for the specific purpose of orientation, skill testing and certification of the vendors.

iii.        ‘Swachh Bharat - Swachh Paryatan’:
Ministry of Tourism has requested all States/UTs to assess the requirement of toilet facilities at all popular tourist sites, provide a list of existing non-functional toilets already constructed, frame specific project proposals for toilets to be considered for release of grant under CFA, identify an agency for construction and maintenance and follow the standardized model on the lines of Build and Operate pattern for construction of wayside amenities.

            Meetings were held with representatives & founder of Sulabh International to discuss the pattern and modalities for construction of wayside amenities at tourist centres in the country.
            Ministry of Tourism has requested all industry associations to motivate their members to install the ‘Organic waste to Compost’ Machines, which convert organic waste in to compost in just 24 hours in their premises.

            Further, Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance to States/UTs for wayside amenities, garbage bins, storm water treatment facilities sewerage/ effluent disposal, under its plan schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD.         
 This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question today(22-07-2015) in Rajya Sabha.

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