‘We must involve young urban town-planners to revive tourism in Maharashtra’- Aditya Thackeray

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Pune, June 16, 2020: “Maharashtra is a unique place with various landscapes, hills, beaches and forts and people from different background, culture and dialects, it is necessary to boost tourism here. But tourism in Maharashtra is considered as unimportant and we have to change that mindset. To revive tourism here, we must involve more students and young urban townplanners.” said Aditya Thackeray, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Government of Maharashtra while speaking during an online interaction with the members of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Pune Chapter recently.

Organized by FLO, the discussion was held in presence of Jahnabi Pookhan, National President, FLO, Aneeta Sanas, Chairperson, FLO Pune Chapter, Dr Bhagyashree Patil, Vice Chairman, Dr. D.Y.Patil Unitech Society and Varsha Chordia of Panchsheel group among other members of FLO.

“Organizations like FICCI should collaborate with the government to implement schemes and policies for sustainable livelihood development of people in Maharashtra,” he said.

When asked about reservations for women, Thackeray said, “The society should recognise the key role of women in every aspect of life and also support equal rights for women. However, we need to put in efforts to listen to those whose voices are not heard, whether it’s a man, woman or a child. We must try our best to create a society where one would not even need a letter of recommendation.”

While speaking on handling the current COVID pandemic, Thackeray said “We have to make available more beds, oxygen support and ventilators and make ready all medical needs till the vaccine for Corona is found. The decision for the lockdown was not easy and it required lots of planning.”

He also said that with the current lockdown, the state has seen lots of positive changes in the environment and to make Pune Carbon Neutral by 2030, the ministry will have to act and move forward. “The Indian civilisation began with worshipping the elements of nature. This is what gives me hope that India will lead the way in fighting climate change crisis,” he said.