The Tourism Departments of Telangana and Haryana recently inked a pact on promoting tourism in what was termed an awareness understanding between the two States, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a programme titled ‘Ek Bharat, Sresht Bharat’ in New Delhi. It is to know the lifestyles, food habits, and others of both the States.
Tourism Secretary B Venkatesham and Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Dheera Khandelwal exchanged the MoU in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a programme.
It was said that in the coming four years, such MoUs would be signed up between Telangana and four other States in similar fashion. Others present at the meeting included Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Tourism Minister Maheshwar Sharma. Mr. Sharma said that a nation that believed in ‘unity in diversity’ had several strong cultures and traditions. This was the fabric that India was made of, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said people of the country should not forget people like Sardar Patel, who strived for one India.
“Sardar Patel ensured all the princely states joined Indian Union by talking to them. Because of this there is a strong bonding between people of the country,” said Modi.
Rajnath Singh said Patel was founder of modern India. Because of Sardar Patel’s efforts 565 princely states merged into Indian Union. He said that Patel was modern Chanakya.
Later, talking to media, Venkatesham said that Telangana State government would be entering into similar MoUs with Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This agreement would be valid for the next four years, he said.