Departmental review meeting of Tourism and Youth Resources & Sports was held with Chief Secretary, J Alam IAS at the Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall, Secretariat Kohima on 9 September 2022.
Director, Youth Resources & Sports, Akumla Chuba highlighted that the Department’s aim is to promote sports and further develop sports infrastructural facilities, conduct tournaments, coaching camps, talent search, participation in Regional, National, and International levels of competition, training and nurturing the young talents in the sports academics.
Chuba added that the Department plays an important role in channelizing the energy of youth for positive development and overall development of the state which includes promotion of Music and Arts (TaFMA), Adventure Program, outdoor learning, personality development, youth festivals, etc., and participation in Regional and National levels.
She distressed that the Department has been functioning with inadequate manpower hampering the smooth flow of affairs and also the department budget allotment constraint.
Chief Secretary J Alam IAS, while addressing the issues said that the talent hunt for good sportspersons was a must and that it was important for the department to have connections with the youths to carry out projects and also maintain a system to facilitate them after completion of their course for job maintenance.
He also asked the department to maintain transparency, equality and not have nepotism among the sports players, and maintain a database. He mentioned that the distribution of sports equipment in villages was another way of promoting and encouraging sports to the youths and also said that the department’s financial issues have been noted.
Commissioner & Secretary of Tourism, Kitto Zhimomi highlighted the department’s activities and visions. He pointed out that the strategies of the department were to identify and export all key tourism products, develop quality tourism infrastructure and facilitation services, provide human resources development, develop marketing plans and create enabling environment for local tourism stakeholders.
He also explained that the upcoming projects and initiatives were the state institute of hotel management, ropeways, investment opportunities, IRCTC, off-road capital of the country, CSR opportunities, and Homestay and capacity building/skill development.
While sharing he pointed out that many district officers and staff in the state are functioning without offices, and landowner issues are hampering their progress.
Chief Secretary, J Alam IAS while addressing these issues called upon the department of tourism to be industry-friendly, have the tourism guides registered, follow the single window app, calculate the total industry output, and see to the feedback of the tourist. He also asked the department to come up with a policy to encourage entrepreneurs for vehicle tourism with better luxury vehicles, give more publicity to boost tourism, and see what the people want.