New Delhi, Jan 20 : Underlining the importance of different types of sports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that India has a lot more than cricket. He was speaking at the inaugural function of a three-day National Conference 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat' via Video Conferencing.
The convention is being organised for the ministers and secretaries of Tourism, Culture and Sports department in the rann Kutch. Talking about the India’s demographic strength he asked officials to harness creatively for shaping young brigade. He also noted that along with cricket the talent from other sports need to be encouraged and it should be to be spotted right down at the district level.
He stressed on the need for an institutional arrangement that enables excellence in sports. "Only providing infrastructure is not enough, a conducive environment is very important for sports, something that cricket has in India.” said Modi.
Appreciating the active contribution of youth in government’s flagship programmes like Swachh Bharat Mission and digital India Prime minister Modi said that my young friends have already done a lot to improve the country and their efforts are evident.
Emphasising on the development of tourism sector Modi stated that India is blessed with so much potential and this can draw the world to India. "We can have great impact on the world with our vast cultural heritage, if we have a sense of pride for it.” Modi said. The best way to harness this potential is to "maximise output while minimising costs" when promoting tourism, he added.
In addition to attract tourists from abroad, Modi advised states to promote inter-state tourism. He also suggested that each state should select a few destinations, create world class tourism infrastructure.
The three day conference aims at achieving the necessary convergence among tourism, culture, youth affairs and sports areas and synergy between the Centre and states. It will also attempt to draw up an action plan for utilization of sports facilities for promoting tourism, culture and youth welfare.
This is for the first time that state ministers of Tourism Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports are meeting together. On this occasion Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, and Union Ministers of State Vijay Goel and Dr. Mahesh Sharma were present.