Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme to be Extended to 150 Countries Gradually, Finance Minister




Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme to be Extended to 150 Countries Gradually, Finance Minister

Dr Mahesh Sharma Congratulates Union Finance Minister for Giving due Importance to Tourism Sector in the Budget 2015-16



The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma has congratulated the Union Finance Minister,  Shri Arun Jaitley for presenting a balanced, far-sighted and growth-oriented budget. He has also thanked the Finance Minister for giving due importance to the tourism and hospitality sector in the budget. Dr Sharma said that the growth of tourism is important for the overall growth of the economy of India. The revenue from tourism sector can be utilised for the development of the country. Tourism, in India, is a very important source of foreign exchange earnings and has high labour intensity, the Tourism Minister added.
Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the announcement by the Finance Minister to extend Visa on Arrival Facility(VOA) to 150 countries in stages from the current 43, is a big step to promote tourism. This , combined with the latest introduction of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) will help to achieve very soon the target of increasing  the country’s share to international tourism to more than 1% .  VOA facility enabled by ETA has already shown remarkable results .  the Tourism Minister has said that during the month of January 2015, a total of 25,023 tourist arrived by availing TVoA as compared to 1,903 TVoA during the month of January 2014, registering a growth of 1214.9%. This high growth is due to introduction of ETA enabled TVoA for 43 countries.

In his Budget Speech today, the Finance Minister said that facilities at Cultural World Heritage Sites will be restored. He has stated that the facilities like landscaping restoration, signage and interpretation centres, parking, access for differently abled, amenities for visitors including securities and toilets, illumination and plans for benefiting communities around them would be restored. The Union Finance Minister Shri Jaitley has proposed to provide resources to start work along these lines for the following Heritage Sites:

1.      Churches & Convents of Old Goa
2.      Hampi, Karnataka
3.      Kumbalgarh and other Hill Forts of Rajasthan
4.      Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat
5.      Leh Palace, Ladakh, J&K
6.      Varanasi Temple town, UP
7.      Jalianwala bagh, Amritsar, Punjab
8.      Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana



The five theme based circuits have been given Rs 600 crore in the current budget and Rs 100 crore have been allocated for the PRADSAD scheme. Both these schemes were introduced during the Budget 2014-15. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the issues of security and cleanliness are two major challenges for the tourism sector. The Minister said that in the current budget, provisions have been made for safety and security, especially allocation of another Rs 1000 crore for Nirbhaya Fund , and there is a large allocation for the  Swachh Bharat Mission , which will help boosting the growth of tourism in India.

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Budget is Pro-People, Balanced, Growth-Oriented, Inclusive and Progressive: Shri J P Nadda

“Giant Leap in Social Sector Including Healthcare”

The Union Minister for health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda has termed the Budget 2015-2016 announced by the Finance Minister today as balanced, progressive, pragmatic and pro-people. He said that the budget will lead to all around social and economic development that is inclusive and outcome oriented. The Health Minister has thanked the Hon. Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for the balanced and people-oriented Budget.

Shri Nadda further added that the aspirations of various groups and regions of the country have been paid attention to in the Budget. The entire country will benefit from the different aspects within the Budget. There is something for everyone in this Budget, he noted. Devolution of financial resources to the states will lead to balanced growth. The Centre has maintained commitment to national issues while empowering the states, Shri Nadda stated.

He stated that the resolve to support the health sector in a big way has been shown by the outlay for health in the Budget of Rs. 33,150 crore. Moreover, announcement of five AIIMS in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Assam and Tamil Nadu and AIIMS-like institute in Bihar will provide a quantum jump in healthcare in these states and the neighbouring areas. The Health Ministry will implement these in the shortest possible time, the Health Minister stated. The announcements of various mechanisms in expanding the healthcare insurance to the needy is a laudable step towards making healthcare affordable and accessible to all, he added. “I welcome the move towards the Universal Social Security System backed by Accident Insurance and Bima Yojana”, Shri Nadda stated.

The Health Minister stated that the focus within the Budget on Swachch Bharat and linking this with healthcare will address broad-based health issues in the country. This will lead to greater awareness among the people regarding the importance of hygiene. He added that good health will enable higher productivity in various sectors, and thus forms an integral component of the development agenda of the country. The target to construct 6 crore toilets will significantly impact health outcomes in the country.

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Rajnath Singh congratulates Arun Jaitley

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated the Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley on presenting a forward looking and progressive General Budget 2015-16, here today. This Budget highlights the contours of `New India` and not only promises to increase the ease of doing business in India, it also provides for a social security net for weaker sections, he added.

Shri Rajnath Singh has said that schemes like `Universal Social Security System` and ` Atal Pension Yojana` will go a long way in strengthening the social security net in India. The Union Budget has mapped a target of providing Visa on Arrival to 150 countries in stages and the Ministry of Home Affairs is well positioned to achieve this goal, he said.

The Union Home Minister further said that by spelling out a slew of measures to curb the flow of black money, the Budget has ensured more transparency and accountability in the system. He further said that both the Rail and the Union Budgets have successfully captured the mood of the country and Indian economy is all set to take a giant leap.


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Sports Minister Sarbanand Sonowal congratulates Indian cricket team

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbanand Sonowal has congratulated Indian cricket team on their win against United Arab Emirates, UAE in ICC World Cup League Match. In a message Shri Sonowal expressed hope that with the third consecutive win in the tournament, India is firmly on its way to lift the trophy.

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