Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - May 22, 2018

Ministry of Tourism

Enlighten about round the year developments

  • India’s rank in Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017 shows a 25 places jump from 2013. Rank of India in TTCI Report of 2017 was 40th as compared to 52nd in 2015 and 65th in 2013.
  • Ministry of Tourism launches “Incredible India 2.0 Campaign”
  • Paryatan Parv organized in 31 States and Union Territories

Tourism Statistics

  • Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during the period January-November 2017 were 90.01 lakh with a growth of 15.6% over same period of the previous year, compared to FTAs of 77.83 lakh with a growth of 9.4% in January- November, 2016 over January- November, 2015.

Development Of Tourism Infrastructure

  • Development of tourism infrastructure is being given priority to provide a better tourism experience to the tourists. Theme based circuits are being developed under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme spanning the entire country.
  • Holistic development of identified pilgrimage destinations is being undertaken under the ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) Scheme.

Holistic Development Of Tourism Destination

  • Ministry of Tourism has recently launched the ‘Adopt A Heritage’ project. Heritage sites are being offered for adoption by the public sector, private sector and individuals to become ‘Monument Mitras’ for developing amenities and facilities at these sites under this programme.
  • Creation of ‘Special Tourism Zones’ anchored on Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) in partnership with the States was announced in the Budget for 2017-18.
  • Ministry of Tourism has formulated the guidelines for implementation of the new scheme in consultation with the State Governments and Private Sector and is in the process of completing other formalities before launching the scheme.

Enlighten about Adopt A Heritage project

  • The ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • It was launched in September 2017 on World Tourism Day

List of shortlisted monuments and adoptation of Red fort under the Adot a Heritage project by Dalmia Group

Paryatan Parv

  • Paryatan Parv was organized in October, 2017 covering 31 States and Union Territories.
  • The main objective of the event was to focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of “Tourism for All”.

National Conference Of Central & State/Uts Ministers And Secretaries Of Tourism, Culture, Youth Affairs & Sports

  • The Ministry of Tourism, along with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in collaboration with the Govt. of Gujarat organized the “National Conference of Central & State/UTs Ministers and Secretaries of Tourism, Culture, Youth Affairs & Sports
  • The Inaugural Session of the Conference was addressed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, through Video Conferencing.
  • The theme for the Conference was converging tourism, culture, youth affairs and sports and creating synergy with States and UTs towards building a resurgent, young India and strengthening “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat”

Bharat Parv

  • Ministry of Tourism was designated as the nodal Ministry for the Bharat Parv event organized by the Government of India at Red Fort, Delhi from 26th to 31st January 2017, as part of the Republic Day Celebrations.

Human Resource Development Enlighten About Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

  • The ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ programme, aims to actively enhance interaction between people of diverse cultures living in different States and UTs in India, with the objective of promoting greater mutual understanding amongst them.
  • As per the programme, each year, every State/UT would be paired with another State/UT in India for reciprocal interaction between the people. It is envisaged through this exchange, that the knowledge of the language, culture, traditions and practices of different states will lead to an enhanced understanding and bonding between one another, thereby strengthening the unity and integrity of India.
  • The States and UTs are to embark on a mission to enhance their cultural, academic and economic ties by entering into a wide range of mutual engagements with the paired States/UTs covering the spheres of music, drama, cuisine, language, history, tourism and other forms of exchange between the people.

Training institutes

  • In the year 2017 Ministry of Tourism gave Administrative Approval and Expenditure Sanction for setting up of State Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition at Jhalawar, Udaipur and Dholpur in Rajasthan and Food Craft Institute at Deoghar, Jharkand.
  • An approval has also been accorded for setting up of Applied Training Centre at Institute of Hotel Management, Shillong. FCI Rewa, Madhya Pradesh has become operational form academic year 2017-18.

National Tourism Awards 2015-16

  • The Hon’ble President of India presented the ‘National Tourism Awards 2015-16’ to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry at a function organised by the Ministry of Tourism on the occasion of “World Tourism Day” 27th September, 2017.
  • The President launched the “Incredible India 2.0 Campaign”; ‘Adopt A Heritage’ Project and new Incredible India Website on the occasion.

Incredible India 2.0 Campaign

  • Ministry of Tourism launched “Incredible India 2.0 Campaign” which mark a shift from the present generic promotions being undertaken across the world, to market specific promotional plans and product specific creatives, with greater focus on digital presence and social media.

Participation In International Tourism Bourse (Itb) And World Travel Mart (Wtm)

  • Ministry of Tourism participated in the “International Tourism Bourse” (ITB) held in Berlin, Germany from 8th to 12th March, 2017.
  • The India Pavilion at ITB was built on the theme of Dravidian temple architecture.
  • Ministry of Tourism participated in World Travel Mart (WTM) held in London from 6th to 8thNovember, 2017.
  • India pavilion was set up on the theme of spiritual tourism at WTM.
  • As part of the event, a press conference and India evening was organised. A networking dinner by M/o DoNER and Assam Tourism was also organised to promote the tourism destinations in the North Eastern Region.

6th International Tourism Mart

  • Ministry of Tourism organized ‘6th International Tourism Mart’ (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam
  • International Tourism Mart is an annual event organised in the North Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and international markets.
  • It brings together the tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States.

Glass Top Coaches

  • Ministry of Tourism as part of its Rail Tourism Policy is collaborating with MoR for manufacturing of three glass to coaches to be deployed on scenic rail routes of the country.
  • These glass top coaches are fitted with extra wide comfortable seats, wide windows, single observation window at one end, glass roof, rotatable seats, automated sliding doors, mini pantry and wider body side door.
  • Two glass top coaches were launched in 2017 on the Vishakhapatnam – Araku Valley and Dadar to Madgaon route.
  • The third glass top coach is being refurbished to make it suitable for plying on the Qazigund - Baramullah route in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ministry of Coal

  • Coal allocation policy for power sector - SHAKTI issued in May, 2017.
  • Third party sampling procedure put in place to address concerns of Grade slippage and other quality issues of coal consumers.
  • Flexibility provided in utilization of coal for optimum utilization of coal mines under Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015.
  • Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017 notified repealing Auction by Competitive Bidding of Coal Mines Rules, 2012.

Power Sector Linkage Policy – SHAKTI

  • New More Transparent Coal Allocation Policy for Power Sector, 2017- SHAKTI has been issued

Third Party Sampling

  • In order to address the concerns of coal consumers regarding the grade slippages and other quality issues, a third party sampling procedure has been put in place wherein a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the coal company, the coal consumer and CIMFR for sampling and testing of coal at the loading end.
  • The sampling and testing charges are borne equally by the buyer and the seller. The states/gencos are using this platform of 3rd party sampling for quality assurance.


  • Consequent upon the CCEA’s authorisation, the Alternative Mechanism approved the composition of new exchange traded fund namely Bharat 22 ETF with 22 constituent entities including CIL and NLCIL.

Sources – PIB, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Tourism, My Gov