V.S. Kokje, Himachal Governor inaugurated a National Seminar on â€œEmployment & Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Retiring / Retired Defence Officers in Service Industry With Focus on Travel & Tourism Hospitality, Aviation & Entertainmentâ€ which was jointly organized by the Directorate General Resettlement, Ministry of Defence, Government of India and Institute of Tourism & Future Management Trends ( ITFT- Group) Chandigarh here today .
Speaking on the occasion, Kokje, said that Armed Forces can offer to the Industry, officers and men with leadership and management skills trained extensively and groomed over the years with best organized packages obtaining in-puts in the field of professional competence.
Kokje said that Ex-Service officers can easily contribute very effectively in the Tourism Industry.
Our country has much to offer to foreign tourists in terms of historical places, cultural Centers and many places of worship. Corporate Sector should plan on opening up this vital sector of economy by establishing a chain of motels across National / State Highways in the Country and let Defence personnel run them, he added.
He further said that Armed forces are the guardians of the society and honour of our country and are ever prepared to sacrifice their lives to preserve its freedom and sovereignty they have always risen to the occasion during natural calamities and internal unrest. The recent cases of the Tsunami relief and the Bombay floods are shining examples, he added. He appreciated the cooperation extended by the Directorate General Resettlements and hoped that such an arrangement between the Industry and the Defence Sector will be create beneficial to both.
Earlier, Governor released a Concept Paper on â€“â€œIntegrated Tourism Development in Himachal Pradesh.â€™â€™
A detailed presentation was also given by Major General, Harwant Krishan, Director General Resettlement, Ministry of Defence on the occasion.
Lt. General M.L. Naidu, GOC- in C. Army Training Command, Major Vijay Singh Mankotia, former Tourism Minister, Lt. General B.S. Thakur, Chairman, H.P. Public Service Commission, Shri Tarun Shridhar, M.D. HPTDC also spoke on the occasion.
Major General Herwant Krishan , Principal Director, Employment, Ministry of Defence, General Ranjit Singh Dyal, Chairman, ITFT-Group, Brig.(Retd)B.D. Dogra, Director, Institute of Management Solan, Dr. Gulshan Sharma, Executive Director, ITFT Group, Chandigarh, Shri Omkar Sharma , Director, Tourism and Civil Aviation and representatives of leading corporate in Service Industry were present among others.
Later, Shri R.K. Garg, Chairman, Asia Resort Ltd. , Shri Vijay Lal, Chairman Judges Court, Pragpur, Shri Ajeet Butail, former President of Hotel and Restaurant Association were honoured by the Governor by presenting Mementos on the occasion.