Nityanand Rai, the Union Minister of State for Home, stated that 1.06 crore tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir between January and July 3 of this year. In response to inquiries from the House, the minister added that since approximately 30,000 workers have been hired in Jammu and Kashmir’s public sector since 2019.
In response to a written query, he stated that the tourist footfall in UT of Jammu and Kashmir grew considerably and expected to be over 1 crore for the current calendar year, i.e. from January 2022 till July 3, 2022. Rai did not explain whether pilgrims to Amarnath Cave and the Vaishno Devi shrine are included in the number of tourists.
He said that 75 offbeat locations in Jammu and Kashmir have been identified for tourism. He also mentioned that the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Policy, 2020 has been announced and tourist has been granted the status of an industry to stimulate investment in an effort to entice private investors from all over the nation to invest in tourism infrastructure.
In response to a different query, the minister stated that in order to expedite the hiring process in a clear and time-bound way, special recruiting regulations were created and several departmental rules altered. “From the year 2019 forward, recruitments in the public sector have been carried out totaling 29,806,” he stated.
Article 370, which granted Jammu and Kashmir special status, was repealed by the central government on August 5, 2019, dividing the once one state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.