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States cant decide what tourists want to eat, drink: NITI CEO

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October 06, 2017 18:41

With the widening alcohol prohibition threatening to impact the countrys tourism industry, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Friday said it is not the states business to decide what a tourist should eat and drink.

Indian states cant get into what a tourist wants to eat and drink. Just not possible...what he wants to eat and drink is his individual business and not the states business, he said. 

He was asked whether states banning beef and alcohol have failed to realise what did Dubai do so brilliantly, as the country needs tourists who should be extended every facility they need.

I have been a long term believer on couple of things. Tourism is essentially civilisational in character, you cant have garbage and filth and say that we have great heritage sites. So, India must focus on cleanliness. It is number one. Number 2, its about seamless experience, he said.

Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Daman have announced plans to bar liquor sales, adding to the list that includes Gujarat, Bihar, Nagaland and Manipur which are already dry.

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