This is a Sports and tourism content dictation for Shorthand practice 80 wpm to 120 wpm speed. Speech by SHRI KIREN RIJIJU (ARUNACHAL WEST) in parliament.
Sir, I would now talk about sports. In the international arena of the sporting world, India is in the bottom of the list. Many people say that one billion people cannot bring any gold medal from the Olympics event. Some other people say that the Indians are genetically a weaker race. But if this kind of a Budgetary support of only Rs.669 crore is provided, how can we bring any gold medal from the Olympics event? Hysteria has been created in the country for the Cricket game alone which is damaging most of the competitive sports in our country, the Olympics which brings laurels to the country.
In the impending discussion on sports infrastructure in the country, all the hon. Members, including my friend Shri Naveen Jindal, have been repeatedly urging the Government to provide proper fund, to allocate adequate fund for sports in the country. But it is very sad to see that only Rs.669 crore has been allocated and it has to take care of the 2010 Commonwealth Games which is going to be hosted by New Delhi. This is a very sad state of affairs.
The total foreign tourist arrival in India during the last year is less than 4 million people. This is less than half of what a small City State like Singapore received. The Incredible India Campaign launched by the Ministry of Tourism will not be successful with this kind of a Budgetary support. A State like Arunachal Pradesh, which has been declared as the hottest bio-diversity spots in the world, has not been included in the tourism map. The allocation to the tourism sector this year is very much minimum. We expected to raise income of at least Rs.35,000 crore for the country from the tourism sector. But I do not think we are going to achieve the target with this kind of a Budgetary support. We need a separate package for the North-East to develop the tourism potential in the region.
In respect of agriculture, there are many subjects but I would just like to request the hon. Finance Minister, through you, Sir, to pay attention to one important thing. Shifting cultivation is a major problem in the North-East because of the topography of the terrain. A financial package must be provided to bring these people for terrace cultivation. The shifting cultivation is damaging environmentally. It is going to have a negative impact throughout the region although 78 per cent of Arunachal Pradesh is still covered by the forest. But it is dwindling very fast.
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