Published On: Sat, Jun 30th, 2018

PM Modi for integrated tourism-centric ecosystem in Andamans

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for developing an integrated tourism-centric ecosystem in Andaman and Nicobar islands and said pursuit of energy self-sufficiency in the islands could be based on solar energy.

He called for expeditious pursuit of energy self-sufficiency in the islands

Modi also reviewed the progress towards holistic development of islands.

An official release said the NITI Aayog made a presentation on the elements of holistic development, including key infrastructure projects, digital connectivity, green energy, desalination plants, waste management, promotion of fisheries and tourism-based projects.

The government had constituted the Islands Development Agency on June 1, 2017, and 26 islands have been listed for holistic development.

“Reviewing the work done in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Prime Minister emphasized on the need for developing an integrated tourism-centric ecosystem in the areas identified for tourism development.

“He called for expeditious pursuit of energy self-sufficiency in the islands, which could be based on solar energy,” the release said.

Modi was also briefed on the decision of the Home Ministry to dispense with the requirement of Restricted Area Permit for foreigners visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Greater connectivity of these islands with South East Asia was also discussed.

During the review of development work in Lakshadweep, Modi was apprised of the steps taken to boost Tuna fishing, and the promotion of “Lakshadweep Tuna” as a brand. The Prime Minister appreciated Lakshadweep’s initiatives on cleanliness.

The release said that development of vital infrastructure in both Andaman and Nicobar islands, as well as in Lakshadweep was discussed.

The Prime Minister asked the concerned officials to explore the possibility of seaweed cultivation, and other initiatives which could be of help for the agriculture sector.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Lt. Governors of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, CEO NITI Aayog, and senior officials from the Central Government.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi on Saturday greeted the people on the occasion of World Social Media Day, saying the new medium has played a key role in democratising discourse, and helped people express their views and showcase their creativity.

“Greetings on Social Media Day! The world of social media has played a key role in democratising our discourse and giving a platform to millions of people around the world to express their views and showcase their creativity.

“I would particularly like to congratulate my young friends for their innovative usage of social media. Their frank method of conveying opinions is extremely endearing. I urge youngsters to continue expressing and discussing freely,” Modi said in several tweets.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh also tweeted about the day, urging everyone to use this powerful tool wisely.

“Social media has emerged as the Numero Uno media of contemporary times. It has great power to amplify the voice of the common man. On World Social Media Day, I urge everyone to use this powerful tool wisely and responsibly in order to create a positive impact in society,” Singh said.

June 30 is observed as Social Media Day after a multi-platform media and entertainment company — Mashable — started it as a way to recognise and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication.

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