With no point out of any particular packages or reduction for the tourism business in Union Budget 2022, the vacationer associations and information associations of Agra really feel that they’ve been left deserted.
The tourism business has been hit laborious attributable to Covid-19 induced restrictions for the previous two years. Tourism is without doubt one of the foremost sources of revenue for a lot of individuals within the metropolis as it’s house to 3 UNESCO Recognized heritage sites- Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
“It is surprising that there was not even a single mention about the tourism industry in this year’s budget. Everybody knows what is happening with the people associated with the industry. There is still no reaction from leadership in our state and it is demoralising. People are suffering for the last two years,” stated JP Singh, President, UP Pariyatan Guide Association,
For the previous two years, associations claimed they’re requesting for the federal government’s assist, submitted letters/representations, met ministers nevertheless it all went in useless. They are demanding to waive off GST, property tax for a selected interval throughout which tourism business suffered essentially the most.
In India, there are two classes of government-approved information ie central and state. There are roughly 1100 authorities acknowledged guides all through Uttar Pradesh whereas 381 guides are acknowledged by the central authorities. Among them, round 450 guides function in Agra alone.
The Central authorities just lately introduced a coverage of giving loans value INR 1 lakh to guides. “There has been no mention of the tourism industry, no mention of packages. Loans can never be a relief because if there is no earning from where we will pay off the loans,” stated Vishal Sharma, Secretary, Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber.
“Tourism industry as a whole is barely functioning because tourism has plummeted significantly,” he stated. “Moreover, there are also 4-5 cases where guides after receiving the loan from banks had to give it back for reason till date unknown,” a information stated.
A variety of individuals related to the tourism business for his or her bread and butter have been pressured to change to totally different professions of which that they had no prior information and required expertise.