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Monday, 30 January 2012

Govt. to develop pilgrimage tourism in Nagaland

Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism and Law & Justice Yitachu and parliamentary secretary Chotisuh Sazo are seen here during the cultural festival at Phusachodu village.

Phüsachodü | January 28: In a major boost to the state's tourism, the government is contemplating to develop pilgrimage tourism basing on historical importance in Nagaland. As a start, the government is targeting to develop Chesezu in Phek district as a spot for social pilgrimage where the last camp of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was situated, and has also made request for a religious pilgrimage at Molungyimsen in Mokokchung district, where Dr. E. W. Clark the first missionary to Nagaland set foot there.
Speaking at the 14th cultural festival of Phüsachodümi Youth Society here this morning, the Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism and Law & Justice Yitachu said the government is giving special attention towards cultural tourism in Nagaland. Yitachu, however said that except Hornbill festival, tribal festivals and cultural days, the regular cultural activities are not there where tourists can come during any season to witness the vibrant cultural heritage of the Nagas.
In this respect, he said pilgrimage tourism was required to be developed in Nagaland, which, he said can pull maximum tourists throughout the year. Tourists in the world is about to cross 1 billion, he said and asserted that if we can bring 0.1 % of those tourists to the state, our revenue can be hugely generated. In most of the advanced countries, the economy is mostly run by the revenue generated through tourism activities.
In the context of Nagaland, he said the state is yet to make the fullest use of the tourism activities. “Cultural tourism in Nagaland is readymade but we are not yet ready to use it systematically,” he said.
Asserting that culture is the first learning process of human life, he said that our forefathers performed various rituals and festivals in the past and we have come a long way since then. He said if we look at our present cultural and traditions today “social, cultural and religious transformation is huge today.
The parliamentary secretary maintained that even armed with the highest degree of education, one need to come back to our roots and learn our culture.
Touching on declaration of 2012-13 as the year of Youth- cum- Tribal Festivals, Yitachu said youth festivals and road shows will continue. In this, he asked the Tribal Hohos to take advantage of the platform and plan ahead of time so as to generate publicity and to attract tourists. Yitachu also stressed on the need to adopt peace culture and to cultivate peaceful atmosphere in the state. He said peace has to begin from within the family and people as a whole, adding that that all activities will be possible only through peace. Parliamentary secretary for social welfare & women development Chotisuh Sazo also spoke on the occasion. Social welfare director Khevito Shohe and several other dignitaries present on the occasion.

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