The Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma met the Minister of State for Tourism & Culture(Independent Charge) , Government of Odisha , Sh. Ashok Chandra Panda in New Delhi today.Placing the pending issues before Dr Mahesh Sharma, Mr Ashok Panda requested him to expedite the reimbursement of funds for which the Utilisation Certificates have already been submitted. He further requested for branding of Nabakalebar as an International Festival and sanctioning funds for the proposed Light and Sound shows.
Dr Mahesh Sharma assured Mr Panda that the Tourism Ministry will make all efforts to provide funds at the earliest for the three Light and Sound shows proposed to be held at Dhauli, Udayagire /khandagire Caves and at Konark. Dr Sharma assured that a special media campaign will be mounted to popularize Nabakalebar as an international festival. The campaign will be released in the electronic, print and cyber media, he added.
The Odisha Tourism Minister urged Dr Mahesh Sharma to start an international flight from Bhubaneshwar International Airport to help promote tourism in the state. Dr Sharma said that he is very much seized of the matter and assured an early response in this regard.
Secretary , Tourism, Dr Lalit Panwar and senior officers of the Ministry of Tourism attended the meeting.