Positive Growth registered in both domestic and foreign tourist visits during 2016

Number of domestic tourist visits to States/ UTs registers a growth of 12.68 % during 2016 over 2015

Number of foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to states/ UTs registers a growth of 5.92% during 2016 over 2015
Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism compiles data on domestic and foreign tourist visits to States/Union Territories (UTs) received from Departments of Tourism of various State Governments and UT Administrations. Following are the salient features of the compilation for 2016:
Domestic Tourist Visits to States/ UTs
During 2016, the number of domestic tourist visits to the States/ UTs was 1613.55 million as compared to 1431.97 million in 2015 registering a growth of 12.68 % over 2015.
The top ten States in terms of number of domestic tourist visits (in millions), during 2016, were Tamil Nadu (343.81), Uttar Pradesh (211.71), Andhra Pradesh (153.16), Madhya Pradesh(150.49), Karnataka (129.76), Maharashtra (116.52), Telangana (95.16), West Bengal (74.46), Gujarat(42.25) and Rajasthan (41.5).
The contribution of top 10 States was about 84.21% to the total number of domestic tourist visits during 2016.
Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have maintained the first, second and third rank respectively in terms of DTVs in 2016. Madhya Pradesh has gained the fourth position leaving Karnataka at fifth position.
The top three States/UTs in terms of growth rates of domestic tourist visits (in %), during 2016, were Madhya Pradesh (93), Punjab (50.03), Andaman & Nicobar Island (29.62).
Foreign Tourist Visits to States/ UTs
During 2016, the number of foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to the States/ UTs was 24.71 million as compared to 23.33 million in 2015 registering a growth of 5.92% over 2015.
The top ten States in terms of number of FTVs (in millions) during 2016 were Tamil Nadu (4.72), Maharashtra (4.67), Uttar Pradesh (3.16), Delhi (2.52), West Bengal (1.53), Rajasthan(1.51), Kerala(1.04), Bihar(1.01), Goa (0.68) and Punjab (0.66).
The contribution of top 10 States was about 87.02% to the total number of FTVs in the country during 2016.
In 2016, while the top 8 states retained their previous rankings, Punjab entered the top 10 most visited states.
The top three States in terms of growth rates of foreign tourist visits (in %), during 2016, were Punjab (172.21), Sikkim (71.55) and Chhattisgarh (44.2).



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PM pays tributes to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his Punya Tithi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has paid tributes to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his Punya Tithi. 
“Remembering Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his Punya Tithi. His exceptional contribution to India can never be forgotten.” the Prime Minister said. 


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Cabinet approves MoU between India and the Netherlands for bilateral Cooperation in the field of water resources management

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for bilateral cooperation in the field of water resources management. 

The MoU envisages that both the Governments shall work to enhance cooperation at the National, regional and international levels in the field of Water Resources Management and Development by collaborating and sharing experience and expertise in the areas mutually agreed upon, including techniques in the efficient use of water resources, river basin management, decision support systems, delta management, water quality issues and waste water recycling and re-use through innovative concession arrangements. The form of cooperation under the MoU will include promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise through study visits, seminars, conferences and meetings of experts of the Signatories, stimulating joint research and development of capacity-building programs/training, exchange of training groups and other activities for the purpose of academic and applied research and training, promoting mutual participation in and/or initiation of relevant collaboration projects and programs, promoting public private partnerships. A Joint Working Group shall be formed to monitor the activities to be carried out in fulfillment of the MoU. 

The Bilateral cooperation will benefit the country in enhancing institutional and technical capacity of center and State Government agencies dealing with water resources especially in the field of river basin management, pollution abatement of rivers including Ganga, flood management, water quality and efficient use of water amongst others. 

Background 

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has been envisaging bilateral cooperation with other countries in water resources development and management through sharing of policy and technical expertise, conducting of training courses, workshops, scientific and technical symposia, exchange of experts, study tours etc. Keeping in view the success of the Netherlands side in river basin management planning/integrated water resources management, pollution abatement, decision support systems, delta management, water quality, waste water recycling and re-use etc. it has been decided to have an agreement with the Netherlands to benefit from their experience and expertise. 



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Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and Portugal on Cooperation in the field of Public Administration and Governance Reforms

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, and Ministry of the Presidency and of Administrative Modernization, Government of Portuguese Republic, for ‘Cooperation in the field of Public Administration and Governance Reforms’. 

The MoU will help in understanding the system of customer oriented public service delivery in Portugal with reference to rapidly changing environments in the area of public service management and enable in replicating, adapting and innovating some of the best practices and processes in the Indian Public Service Delivery System, leading to improved public service delivery in India. 

The areas of co-operation under this MoU may include, but shall not be limited to: 

(a) Digital transformation of Government

(b) Administrative simplification and process re-engineering

(c) Public Service Delivery

(d) Building and developing staff capability

(e) Sharing good governance practices in public administration 

(f) Public Grievance Redress Mechanism

The forms of co-operation under the MoU will be as under: 

(a) organization of a senior consultative body and working sessions for ongoing discussions regarding cooperation and collaboration; 

(b) exchange of knowledge and experiences and the holding of consultations in the above mentioned areas, in situ and online; 

(c) exchange of invitations to events related to Public Administration and Governance Reforms and the dispatch of experts in this sector; 

(d) exchange of publications, reports and various public materials related to Public Administration and Governance Reforms, which are published by the Sides; 

(e) facilitating study visits and sharing of information and experience through workshops, seminars and conferences; 

(f) any other forms of cooperation and collaboration that are of mutual interest in the area of Public Administration and Governance Reforms and are jointly decided upon by the Signatories. 

A Joint Working Group on Public Administration and Governance Reforms will be responsible for implementation of the MoU. 

Background: 

Provision of Citizen-Centric Online Services is the foundation of an efficient public administration system. It leads to transparency and accountability in the governance and fosters equitable growth. 

Government of India has taken up a goal of quantum shift in Online delivery of Government Services across the country. This aims to further Government’s efforts at revamping of Public Administration system, Public Grievance Redress Mechanism, ushering in e-Governance, Digital India, etc., more so in the context of the goal of ‘Minimum Government with Maximum Governance’ through e-Governance based Citizen Centric End-to-End On-line Services. 

As part of its efforts in seeking international collaboration for initiatives in Good Governance and Administrative reforms, DARPG has so far entered into bilateral MoUs with China, Malaysia, Singapore. France and United Kingdom and trilateral MoU with Brazil and South Africa. MOUs with China and Singapore are under renewal/consideration in consultation with Ministry of External Affairs. The recent MoU with Portugal is a step in that direction. 



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Cabinet approves Constitution of Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS) as an Organized Group ‘A’ Engineering Service

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved constitution of an organized Group ‘A’ Engineering Service, namely Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS) and consequent changes in cadre structure of existing Group ‘A’ cadre of Naval Store Officers of the Indian Navy.
 Constitution of an Organized Group ‘A’ Service would attract the best talents available and bring in technically qualified Material Managers. It will improve the functional efficiency of Material Management of Naval Stores and ensure operational readiness of the Navy at all times.
The proposed INMMS would attract the best talents available and will provide a reservoir of technically qualified Material Managers for handling the Materials Management functions of Indian Navy. It will improve the functional efficiency of Material Management of Naval Stores and ensure operational readiness of the Navy at all times as well as provide better career prospects for the incumbents.


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Cabinet approves MoU on cooperation in the textiles, clothing and fashion sectors between India and Australia

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the textiles, clothing and fashion sectors between the Ministry of Textiles and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia.

The MoU will facilitate cooperation in relation to matters within the textiles and fashion sectors that may be of mutual interest and benefit to the participants. The participants will jointly identify appropriate measures to connect the Australian and Indian textile and fashion sectors; promote collaboration and international engagement between those sectors; nurture the skills and talents within those sectors; promote economic opportunities and encourage   professional   engagement, training, skill development   and   public exhibition of products derived from these sectors in the two countries. However, Intellectual Property Rights of either side will stand protected.

The weavers including ancillary workers will be benefited from activities to be taken under MOU.

For overall development of handloom sector, the initiative aims to increase the handloom fabric production by way of establishing market linkages, to encourage innovation in designs and techniques for improvement in design capability, diversification of product lines and value addition, better access to domestic and export markets so that weavers are able to get continuous employment and improve their living standards.

Background

 Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is responsible for holistic development of this sector by implementing various innovations in handloom sector. It has been an endeavour   of   the   Ministry   to   popularize   the   handloom   products   among   younger generation.   The Australian fashion designers, producing garments using Indian woven and other textiles of Indian for India and Australian market have evinced interest to work with stakeholders in India which includes cooperation with textiles, handloom sector with a view to provide state of art, designing of textiles and handloom products and market them in India as well as international market. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Government of Australia) had proposed to sign   an   MOU with   Ministry of Textiles in this regard.



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Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space between India and Armenia

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised about an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space between India and Armenia.
The MoU has already been signed in April, 2017.
This MoU shall enable the areas of cooperation such as, space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth; satellite communication and satellite based navigation; space science and planetary exploration; use of spacecraft and space systems and ground system; and application of space technology.
The MoU would lead to setting up of a Joint Working Group, drawing members from Department of Space/ Indian Space Research Organisation (DOS/ISRO), and the State Committee of Sciences of the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, which will further work out the plan of action including the time-frame and the means of implementing this MoU.
It will provide impetus to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth; satellite communication; satellite navigation; space science and exploration of outer space.
MoU would lead to develop a joint activity in the field of application of space technologies for the benefit of humanity. Thus all sections and regions of the country will get benefited.
Financing of works carried out under this MoU shall be provided by the respective executive organisation with due consideration of national norms and rules concerning budgetary regulations in force in their respective States and within the limits of available resources.
Joint projects and works carried out under this MoU depending on the type and field of activity shall be on non-commercial or commercial basis and shall be executed either without mutual payments or on the basis of compensatory arrangements or contracts.
Background:
Armenia has expressed interest in cooperating with India in the area of space. Accordingly, a template of framework MoU for space cooperation was provided for further processing at Government level, for which Armenia side has given its concurrence in April 2017. Accordingly, an MoU between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Armenia on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, was signed at Yerevan on April 25, 2017 during the visit of Hon'ble Vice President of India.


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