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Evaluate the policies and schemes that are being used to promote tourism in India amidst the impact of covid-19 pandemic.

Topic: GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

GS-3: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

5. Evaluate the policies and schemes that are being used to promote tourism in India amidst the impact of covid-19 pandemic. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The Ministry of Tourism has released the Draft National strategy to promote medical, wellness, rural and other tourism sectors. And the article explains the impact of covid-19 on tourism.

Key Demand of the question:

Evaluate the policies and schemes that are being used to promote tourism in India amidst the impact of covid-19 pandemic.

Directive:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with impact of covid-19 pandemic on tourism in the country.

Body:

Explain that in order to boost the tourism sector in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism released three draft strategies with roadmaps to promote India as a rural and medical tourism destination and to position it as a place for conferences, meetings and exhibitions.

Identification, diversification, development, and promotion of niche tourism products in the country is the initiative of the Ministry to overcome the aspect of ‘seasonality’ and to promote India as a 365 days’ destination, to attract tourists with specific interest, and to ensure repeat visits for the unique products in which India has a comparative advantage.

Discuss various schemes and policies in this direction.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.