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the commonwealth games was like a shining ray in a dark night for the tourism and hospitality industry which has already suffered a lot due to recession.  the owners of big and small hotels had expected a huge inflow of foreign tourists during this period. the main tourist locations around Delhi are

  • Agra and Fatehpurskri
  • Amritsar
  • Rajasthan
  • Haridwar
  • Shimla/Kullu/Manali

the small and big names of the hospitality industry have done great preparations for the event. increase in the number of rooms, up gradation of facilities, new cuisines are to name a few.

but will the tourists come to visit India as expected?

so far the things are not going good. although the tourists have started to come, the numbers are very disappointing for the industry. seeing the conditions so far, it is difficult to say that the expectations will be met.

what are the reasons for the reduced international traffic?

well there are many. first of all the delay in the preparation of the games village and the venues of the events have disappointed the public and sent a very bad(and wrong) message to the world about our infrastructural abilities.

secondly our country’s past is full of terrorist attacks and the incompetency of the government and the security forces to deal with such matters. the recent mumbai blasts could be taken for an example where 10 armed terrorists entered the commercial capital of India without any resistance. tell me who would like to risk his/her life for visiting India when there are so many other safe places to go.

even the media to some extent can be blamed for highlighting the drawbacks of the city and its preparations and a very little emphasis on the positive aspects. the hype on spread of dengue and spine flu has spoiled the mood of the players as well as the visitors. this has reduced the enthusiasm in the people. the level of excitement present six months back is missing. the people of delhi are moving out on vacations and are showing little interest in the games.

when the people of India are not willing to see the games then it is unlikely that many foreigners would come for the same. India is known for its hospitality, and i hope that many tourist get a taste of the real India. my best wishes are with Delhi.

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time to move on

one of the most significant changes introduced to the the Indian economy was the policy of privatization. privatization means the process of transfer of ownership of a firm from public sector to private sector. the economy has benefited a lot from this. but there were still a few industries were the private sector was not allowed to enter. these industries are considered to be of great strategic importance. one of the major consequences of the policy was that the performance of the industries falling under it increased significantly.

but in the present India there is a need for the private sector to enter into few more public sector industries so that the people could benefit from it. the public utility services are suffering from poor customer satisfaction. say the electricity department or the telecom services or the security issues.

there is very famous saying – ” in our country, you can guarantee pizza in 30 mins but not police, ambulance or firemen.”  moreover the term “sarkari naukri” ( government job) has become more like a criticism rather than a credit. most of the people in govt sector are negligent towards their duties. the job security is a major factor for this kind of a behavior. the govt employees know that their jobs are secured and thus they do not take it seriously. in fact today many youngsters aim for a govt job so they don’t have to work hard at work.

last night, there was a power cut in my locality. so i went to the electricity board office of my area to file a complaint. surprisingly there was not a single person in the office. the working hour as clearly mentioned on the notice board was till midnight it was just 6:30 p.m.

same is the case with police. the common characteristics of the police are that they are always late and corrupt. the newspapers are full of such examples. during the Mumbai attacks, most of the police involved were carrying .303s or self-loading rifles like those adopted by the British Army in the 1950s.

the question that arises is that why is the government not allowing the private sector to enter into these fields. the purpose of maintaining control to promote public welfare has already failed. instead if they are privatized then it will ensure better services along with consumer satisfaction. these inefficient sectors are only causing losses and huge government expenditures and the return is hardly noticeable. and we cannot affor to compromise when it comes to basic needs and our security.

i think that we can look at the situation differently. seeing the circumstances, this can be regarded as  a possible business opportunity. if these few inefficient sectors are opened for privatization, then they can be very profitable indeed. these fields will be new and very fresh for the entrepreneurs and they can fully exploit the scene( i mean in a positive way).

but the biggest benefiter will be the people. private sectors ensure better utilization of resources and efficiency and effectiveness in operations. they have a good and well qualified management board.

mind you guys that i am not suggesting 100% privatization of these sectors. no, that might not be a very good idea at this point. initially a little bit govt shares are require for issuing proper guidelines and regulations of the new investors. this would also help in protecting the security of the people from falling into wrong hands or emergence of a monopoly of a private firm in a crucial industry.

if the govt thinks about this idea and takes the necessary steps, then this would definitely be a good deal for the country.