Exclusive: India’s cruise tourism sector will create over 2 lakh jobs in 5 years, says Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal

India will produce 2 lakh jobs in next five years in cruise tourism sector apart from indirect jobs, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal has said. to Swati Khandelwal, Editor of Zee Business, in an exclusive interview.

He said there was no doubt that a cruise tourism policy was needed and needed to be put forward. He said that it is necessary to bring policies, programs and practices in this area.

He said a working group has been set up with the secretary from the Ministry of Tourism as chairman and a secretary from the ministry of navigation as vice-chairman. They have already met more than eight times and have done an important job. A high-level council has also been formed to assist the working group.

This will, among other things, create jobs, said the Union Minister.

India must prepare to create the skills or quality human resources required in the cruise tourism sector, he added.

It is important to provide training to professionals in the hospitality industry so that tourists who come from outside India also feel at home, the minister stressed.

He said that despite the challenges due to the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war and other factors, he was able to achieve all-time records in cargo handling at Indian ports.

He said that under the Sagar Mala project, 802 projects have been identified of which half of the projects are almost completed, the Minister informed.

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Meanwhile, another 260 projects are in various stages of implementation.

India will invest more than 6 lakh crore in these projects, he added.

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For the holistic development of coastal districts, the government has included 59 projects. The government will carry out small projects in different districts.

In all these projects, the government carried out consultations with the respective deputies of these coastal districts. The decisions were made by the supreme committee of the Sagar Mala projects.

A total of 1500 projects will be implemented by 2035.

Once the projects are completed, India will be on par with the ports of any developed country, he added.

He said India had been able to meet its $400 billion target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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