MP Vijayasai Reddy heads parliamentary panel on transport, tourism and culture
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu, National General Secretary of the Congress Party and MP for Rajya Sabha, Vijayasai Reddy, has taken office as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Roads, Navigation, Civil Aviation, Tourism and Culture in Delhi on Thursday. Tweeting on the occasion, he said he would work to identify the problems faced by the people in the respective areas and propose the right solutions to the central government and implement them.
He said he assumed the duties with the blessings of Lord Kaliyugadaivam Sri Venkateswara. “With the blessing of Lord Venkateswara, I have taken over the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture. Looking forward to deliberating on the problems faced by the people and proposing possible solutions that the Indian government will implement,” Reddy tweeted.
Vijayasai Reddy previously served as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Trade. He has studied various national and international aspects related to the trade sector and provided valuable suggestions to the central government and brought it to the level of parliamentary committees.
On this occasion, he said that he expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who encouraged him so much with faith in him and got him this post. During the recent reconstitution of the Department-related Standing Parliamentary Committees (2022-2023) on Tuesday, Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Jagdeep Dhankhar appointed V. Vijayasai Reddy as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture .
Earlier on October 5, Reddy said in an interview with ANI: “I will surely replicate this performance in my new role as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture.” “My efforts will be focused on identifying and addressing topics of social, economic and cultural relevance to the nation as a whole,” he said.
The coveted committee has a mandate to examine the functioning of the five main ministries of culture, civil aviation, ports, navigation and waterways, road transport and highways and tourism, having a combined budget of more than Rs 2.17 lakh crore. Each of the five ministries under this committee is of utmost importance in increasing connectivity, preserving culture and promoting tourism throughout the country.
Important institutions that will come under the purview of this committee include National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Airports Authority of India (AAI), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDP) and all major ports. The Committee is also mandated to review the implementation of crucial schemes and projects such as Bharatmala, Sagarmala, Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) and PRASHAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive ).
The Committee is of particular importance, especially at a time when the Prime Minister is pushing for the creation of physical infrastructure through the construction of national highways, airports and multimodal ports in the country. The promotion of various tourist flows in the post-pandemic context and the preservation of monuments and historical sites across the country also find great relevance within the framework of this committee.
The development came amid a major reshuffle that took place in parliamentary panels on Tuesday as Congress lost the House and crucial information and communications technology panels, among others. (ANI)
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