Dehradun, September 20
Uttarakhand Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj has underlined the need to promote tourism in the state for ensuring that people linked to the tourism industry do not continue to suffer in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

In a statement issued today, Satpal Maharaj said if immediate measures were not taken to bring tourism back on track in Uttarakhand, a large number of people in hills would lose their only source of livelihood. He asserted that tourist places like Nainital, Ramnagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pauri, Mussoorie, and Ranikhet were very much safe for the tourists and this fact should be publicised.
He said a speedy reconstruction and rehabilitation exercise must be undertaken in Uttarakhand in the aftermath of the Kedarnath disaster. He added he would soon travel to Latin America to seek information about sheep that gives good quality of wool and would facilitate the rearing of the same breed of sheep in the state.
Maharaj said it was important that residents of border areas of the state were made self reliant and livelihood opportunities created for them.
He added the luncheon given to the MLAs before the start of the Assembly session was meant to discuss a work plan for the conduct of relief and rehabilitation activities.

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