J&K tourism sector sinks in Covid 2nd wave, govt announces Rs 3 crore relief package

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced a Rs 3 crore relief package for people employed in the tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tourism industry in Kashmir has suffered consecutive losses for the past three years, with the first lockdown, announced in 2019 during the repeal of Article 370, followed by the summers of the previous two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In this package, Rs 2,000 financial assistance will be provided to 4,444 registered ‘shikara’ owners, 1,370 tourist guides, 6,663 ‘ponywalas’ and 2,150 others, including those who rent palanquins for yatris. The money will be paid for two months. The relief will be transferred to only those who are registered with the tourism department,” said an official of the tourism department.

People in the trade have praised the measure, but many believe it should have been increased.

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