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Modi unveils plans for Navratri celebrations in Gujarat

September 03, 2005 19:23 IST

The Gujarat government has unveiled plans for forthcoming Navratri celebrations on a big scale to tap tourism potential and attract investments to the state.

"We are all obsessed with various '-isms' like capitalism, socialism, etc. But, unfortunately, we have not paid adequate attention totourism," Chief Minister Narendra Modi saidon Friday,after unveiling plans for the eventto an audience of foreign diplomats and top industrialists.

"Gujarat has taken a lead to promote event-based tourism, starting withNavratri and the kite festival. We tried to establish garbaon an international level andit has become popular in many countries," Modi said. "Business has increased multifold, due to our efforts to promoteNavratri. There are vast opportunitiesfor employmentof poor people in the tourism sector."

The state government has been organising Navratri under the banner of'Vibrant Gujarat' for the pasttwo years.

Modi was speaking during an interactive sessionon Navratri and the tourism sector, which was attendedby ministers and dignitaries of foreign missions, corporate leaders, senior functionaries from chambers of commerce and members of travel and tourism industry.

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